Poets guide us by vividly articulating the elements of certain problems. But they also reify what were at first only elements of a problem arrived at by analysis. Poets animate and personify; they create gods to stand asmagnificent metaphors for the necessary relations among things (see211e). They thus present as separable in fact what are only separate in thought. To make the necessary connections among things visible to speak them the poets present the necessary togetherness of things as though it were only contingent. They take what is the result of a question a part of a conversation and treat it as though it has a being independent of the question, presenting a part as though it were the whole. Only by recovering the question to which their logos is a reply i.e., only by coming to see that it is only a part do we discover the larger whole that it implies.