“What most people I agree with politically and whose politics are considered progressive  don’t even realize is that, when it comes to poetry or education, in terms of their values and roles, these people are curiously looking in the rear view mirror, acting a bit like the Victorians—for whom the aim of the poem was to edify or enlighten–which is fine if you want to remain a Victorian and attach that era’s ethos to the social purpose for the poem: if, that is, you need the poem to have a social purpose.”

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