February 21, 2003

A Poet Dissents

That's the name of this article, written by poet Frederick Turner. He is for the war, and wonders if this means he's not a poet anymore, considering the apparent attitude of the so-called "poet community." Perhaps instead of poet, we could resurrect the old term "bard" for him then. The poem he ends his article with might not be "good" poetry -- I have too little education in the matter to be able to say whether or not a poem is "good" -- but I liked it; it has a certain Beowulf -like rhythm. (Via Instapundit.)

Posted by Andrea Harris at February 21, 2003 09:47 AM

Would that it were "good" poetry, yet it does not fail, as one would expect (cf Somebody Blew [blowed?] Up America). For an interesting parallel read On Temperance and Virginity by some random 16th century hack named John Donne. And, of course all of us poets are unapologetic leftists, as Turner has said, we're a herd of free-thinkers.

Franklin Pierce

Posted by: Franklin Pierce at February 21, 2003 at 03:20 PM

He can submit it to true patrotic site. Another patriotic site also has war poetry.

Posted by: Horatio at February 21, 2003 at 05:16 PM

To be a bard he'd have to sing or at least read his verse aloud for audiences, wouldn't he?

Well, no, I checked the dictionary, and it is considered an acceptable alternative to "poet." And it has a lovely ring, doesn't it?

Posted by: Dean Esmay at February 21, 2003 at 11:59 PM