Anthology: Is Poetry Important?, & Poems by Emily Dickinson, Shakespeare, Virgil, & R. S. Thomas

Anthology: Is Poetry Important?, & Poems by Emily Dickinson, Shakespeare, Virgil, R. S. Thomas Human Voices Wake Us

An episode from 1/1/22: The first eleven minutes of this episode are probably the best job I’ve done yet, talking about poetry’s lagging popularity these days. For those would like to reverse this trend, I suggest that we ought to study the kinds of poetry that did have an immediate, popular, and lasting influence. Taking a look at why certain forms of folklore and myth last is also a good idea.

In part, I’m responding to a remark from a poet whose tweet seems to have garnered more attention than she ever wished for. For this reason, I don’t name the poet who wrote the tweet, or link to it, because I don’t think it was meant to mistaken as a “public pronouncement.”

As with other “Anthology” episodes, I then move on to read a handful of poems, each succeeding poem being older than the one before it:

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  1. These are so fantastic!

    Welcoming and informative.

    Related, there’s this post you might find intereseting, on why the “long poem” matters: https://psyche.co/ideas/the-long-poem-is-just-right-for-our-confounding-fractured-age

    On Wed, Nov 23, 2022 at 12:04 AM Human Voices Wake Us: A Podcast of

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