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Dear Byzantion, clearly we will not agree on this subject. I will however refer to Wikipedia here: "Plainsong (also plainchant; Latin: cantus planus) is a body of chants used in the liturgies of the Western Church." Do you believe/accept that "Worldes blis" was used in the liturgy? I don't. If one doesn't, then the difference between calling it monody and calling it plainchant is fundamental in terms of cultural history.
Apart from that, you write "It simply does not follow that the music must be unblissful simply because the subject matter of the poem is." No, but then I did not say this, I said that the music is not about blissful experiences either. The question of what Nabokov called "aesthetic bliss" is something else.
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