The Beauty of wax is its power to yield
To the finger’s skillful touch;
Thus taught, it can shape the god of War,
Chaste Wisdom or Love or her son.
The secret springs quench a flame,
Or gladden the flowers and fields;
So the mind of man, through the gentle arts
Is taught the wisdom of change.
— Pliny the Younger, Letter to Fuscus Salinator on the virtues of intellectual exercise through writing, extolling poetry as a means of exercising the mind.