That phrase “a climate of opinion” is poignant, but essentially meaningless to communicants. Many better phrasings suggest themselves:
diversity of opinions
plurality of opinions
everyone has an opinion
and many more. Mixing up otherwise irrelevant word classes (climate and opinion) that clearly are not mutually epistemologically socketed might be creative expressive language in the right circumstances, but that creativity doesn’t justify the misalignment.
Rich AT EnglishLogicKernel DOT com
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What is remembered about Auden's elegy is the true phrase "a whole climate of opinion."
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Alithea (Greek for truth)=what is not forgotten.
"Works of art are sometimes unjustly forgotten, but no work of art is
unjustly remembered."--W. H. Auden