J (reading what he wrote): "So although philosophy has its hand in both poetry and history and poetry has its hand in history, nevertheless history, insofar as it remains itself (i.e. insofar as it is primarily concerned with particulars), must be less philosophic than poetry, which follows from the difference in its heirarchy of objects."
Me: See, that's what I'm taking about. What does that even mean?
J: You know...history is primarily concerned with particulars and only secondarily with universals, whereas poetry is concerned first with universals and then with particulars.
Me: Thank you! It makes so much more sense now!
J: But didn't I already say that?