Originally Posted by fantasyfan
It ties in with the attitude of the United State about poetry. It is only "good" and valuable if it is also productive and supports the status quo. Of course, the greatest poetry is often that which interfaces with ideas that are uncomfortable, upsetting, even dangerous--in that they question an accepted convention.
Absolutely. Great art is sometimes great because it teaches us something about ourselves - and not always what we wanted to know.
I'm glad I'm getting more out of this book through discussion. I might not have made some of the connections I'm now making. We are not an island.