VP on the Role of Poetry

"... but poetry must not merely have its fingers on the pulse of the masses; that is not enough. Poetry must possess the abilities to heal and make sick those who encounter it. As the highest form of that which makes us human, poetry wields divine power, and hence, those who create poetry must both recognize the power and accept the challenge to use it wisely. Poetry must lead and follow. Reacting to the physical events of the world, poetry must lead the way up from the depths of tragedy and into the light of the higher ground recuperation and victory."



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