Archibald MacLeish (1892-1982) is best known as a poet ("Ars Poetica", etc.), but he was also a lawyer. He once wrote the following in an article called "Apologia":
"The business of the law is to make sense of the confusion of what we call human life--to reduce it to
order but at the same time to give it possibility, scope, even dignity."
With respect to his chosen craft of poetry he added:
"But what, then, is the business of poetry? Precisely to make sense of the chaos of our lives. To
create the understanding of our lives. To compose an order which the bewildered, angry heart
can recognize. To imagine man."