Tuesday, July 02, 2013

News at Eleven: Yes, your screed was a passionate piece of writing,

dripping with erudition. You quoted great poets down through history: Dante, Milton, Emerson, Wordsworth, Yeats, Frost, Plath, Lowell. You did exactly what you want today's poets to do, which is make a sweeping, fervent argument about something that matters. Unfortunately, you are completely out of your mind.

Even after poring over your 6,000-word essay, I'm still not exactly sure which themes you believe are appropriate for poetry--good verse apparently has to illuminate the world post-9/11, or describe the decline of the human race, or something.

from Slate: Who Are You Calling Opaque?


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