The Sunday Poem : Carl Dennis

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Writers cannot step back entirely from the presumptions of their specific cultures, but they are more likely to be useful critics of those cultures, not merely mirrors, if they make an effort to hold up all they believe to critical scrutiny. And more likely to make this effort honestly if they can imagine readers free of any particular political agenda. The difference may only be a matter of degree, but in these matters degree is everything.

The Sunday Poem : Carl Dennis.

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  1. I do think poets act as useful critics of their own cultures. I think that’s one way of interpreting Shelley’s oft-quoted statement that poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world.

    1. Sigrun says:

      in some ways the act of writing, insisting that being an artist is a legitimate way of living, is in itself a critique of modern-day-consumer-culture

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