How Poetry Can Affect The World Essay

822 Words Jan 27th, 2016 4 Pages
Literature is one of the most influential tools in history. Within the vast world of literature, there are many different genres of writing that can affect the world in varying ways. There are genres such as non-fiction, mystery, sci-fi, romance, etc. Yet there are great writers in history that would argue that another, much shorter type of literature can be seen as superior to these genres, and most certainly very important. This genre would be poetry, and many great poets such as Marianne Moore and Archibald MacLeish argue the importance of poetry through poetry itself. In poems such as MacLeish’s, Ars Poetica, and Moore’s Poetry, the poets frequently discuss the importance of poetry. While discussing the importance of poetry, the two poets, Moore and MacLeish, in their poems, Poetry, and Ars Poetica, agree and disagree on various ideas about the importance of poetry, such as they both agree that poetry should be, disagree on the intelligence level required in poems, and agree on how poems should be compared to other literary works. One way in which Moore and MacLeish, in their poems, Poetry, and Ars Poetica, agree is that poetry should be something. Both poets relay this idea in different ways, but they both convey the same idea. In MacLeish’s, Ars Poetica, he states, “A poem should not mean But be.” By saying this, he is saying that a poem should not simply state an idea, but it should convey the whole idea of the poem by itself and the reader should feel these…

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