The Power Of Poetry

All immortal poet reveal vigor of their imaginative power, which enables them to create things quite new, a magnificent world of beauty and ideas for our enlightenment and delight, so often overlooked by the slovenly reader. According to Aristotle, poetry is an art of imitation. No doubt, it is an art of imitation, but it does have a noble mission. Poetry alone inspires us to virtue and noble action.

           Poetry  is superior to the "dry bones" of history and abstract precepts of philosophy. "Poetry doth not only show the way, but gives so sweet a prospect into the way

as will entice any man to enter into it" (Sir Philip Sidney, An Apology For Poetry).

Further, it should be pointed out that literature is always influenced by the impact of war and social changes. In the Anglo-Saxon poetry (450-1050), we notice the romantic attitude towards war and the glorification of warriors; on the other hand, the Soldier Poets in

England (1914-18) like Wilfred Owen, Sassoon, Herbert Read, Rossenberg and Herbert Read revealed the naked brutality and barbarism of the actual fighting in the trenches.

Moreover, the contemporary poets describe spiritual exhaustion, a "destructive urge", and a new kind of aesthetic experience. In poetry the poets find an answer to an unfortunate crisis caused by the violent and turbulent world, a helpless witness to the September 11 terrorist attack, the Gulf and Iraq war, the Egyptian revolution and the turmoil in Libya. Alicia Ostriker disagrees with W. H. Auden’s assertion that poetry makes nothing happen. Poetry, Ostriker writes, "can tear at the heart with its claws, make the neural nets shiver, flood us with hope, despair, longing, ecstasy, love, anger, terror"  (Dancing at the Devil’s Party, 2000).

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