Something of a Ramble…


  1. Joseph Hutchison
    Joseph Hutchison July 15, 2011 at 1:45 pm .

    This is really a valuable list, Lyle. For anybody attempting to wrestle with political issues in their poetry, spending time with these folks is crucial; for readers—well, they deal with the thorniest issues in ways that, as you say, spring from the deepest parts of the wounded psyche.<br /><br />Writing this, it hits me that all great poetry arises from the same place. Politics isn&#39;t a

  2. Lyle Daggett
    Lyle Daggett July 15, 2011 at 1:21 am .

    Auden made his comment (that poetry &quot;makes nothing happen&quot;) in the elegy he wrote after the death of W.B. Yeats. (Yeats and Auden were good friends.)<br /><br />I&#39;ve always understood his comment in that context — poetry makes nothing happen: it can&#39;t bring back my dead friend. Somthing like that.<br /><br />My feeling about politically explicit poetry is that the poets who

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