Oral poetry is a wide subject that ranges from American 'folk-songs', Eskimo lyrics or popular songs, to the heroic poems of Homer and distinct epic composers in Asia and the Pacific. The salt sting is both our empathy for the workers' weariness and the fact of their individual lives ground to salt. A.It is used negatively in the poem, but it usually has a positive connotation. In novels, poetry, social commentary, and the like, where language plays such an important role, we are able to briefly overlook the implication of cultural dissonance. Rather, my point is that different poems do different things, and good poems (such as "The Mill-Race") do many things at once. All, except Keats maybe, would be ignored and cast aside as personae non gratae by the critical, academic, and literary establishments: no Guggenheim for you, Mr. Shelley. Most poets must admit that they would cherish being seen by their community of friends and relatives as "functional," the voice who sanctions and gives formal expression to their lives in verse, who serves as the repository of their thoughts and experiences, much like the West African djali or griot. The poem captured the imagination of writers and artists who were alienated from the dominant social forms of Dwight Eisenhower's America. Favorite Line/s: … Daisy Fried: People who talk about poetry's social utility often concentrate on content. Ah, but poetry binds our solitudes, creating this self-encounter which becomes paradoxically social, through language alone. Using poetry at such times as funerals, weddings, romantic interludes, expressing sentiments to friend and family only serve the purpose making people believe the poet is merely a flattering synchophant or an overemotional needy weakling! The function of poetry is that it does not have any function beyond its own construction and being-in-the-world. ELIOT CRITICAL ANALYSIS OF THE ESSAY “THE SOCIAL FUNCTION OF POETRY” SUBMITTED BY: No names have been released. In 2012, the New York Times called Burt “one of the most influential poetry critics of [her] generation.” Burt grew up around Washington, DC and earned a BA from Harvard and PhD from Yale. PS: Sorry for my bad english, I'v just started to learn this language ;)See you! I agree with Stephen Burt that if we prescribe a single ethical purpose to poetry, if we write toward an ideal, then we stymie the possibility that each poem can address a question raised by particular conditions. There is not one monolithic "Poetry," especially here, now in America, where people are coming to poetry from so many different languages, traditions, mythologies/cosmologies, and bringing it all to the English language. Finally, poetry and occasional poetry in particular never serve the intended purpose of enhancing the emotional gradient of any occasions. If a reading public feels consoled or seeks "a momentary stay against confusion," and poetry provides them this, why deem such works of art failures? The work, "the curse-gift" of the poet, is to tell the story of a person who has no story other than the story of relations. I like political poetry; it acknowledges that politics are part of life. Solace poetry is to serious poetry as pornography is to serious art. Emily Warn: Here is a guess at Will Shortz's crossword clue for your collective answer to our question: "A six-letter word for an art form with no public use other than the one each artist defines. "For it is not metres, but a metre-making argument that makes a poem—a thought so passionate and alive that like the spirit of a plant or an animal it has architecture of its own, and adorns nature with a new thing." Certainly many poems—one might say all good poems—have this effect. Furthermore, using complex words and phrases that are not generally used in vernacular speech is a form of conciet. The group members are well versed and do readings, some have been published. (Think, for instance, of D.A. It's not as though it's optional. It's easy to talk about some "them" for whom poetry is useful. Poetry's point is not to make safe middle-class readers say, "Poor things! The only literature that should be allowed to exist is that which aggrandizes whichever government regime is in power at any given time in order to induce patriotic rapture. Yes, of course, but poetry is especially adept at helping us experience, and so understand, celebrate, mourn, curse, or philosophize about our relations. It is a vehicle for cultural survival. A poem's content matters very little to that utility. If we abandon this use, then poets become one more group of wage-laboring specialists, gathered into "ghettos," speaking our own language, and designing complicated objects which serve as prophylactics to protect us from people still naïvely seeking this life-making force. She has published four collections of poems: Advice... Daisy Fried is the author of three books of poetry: Women’s Poetry: Poems and Advice (2013); My Brother is Getting Arrested Again (2006), a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; and She Didn’t Mean to Do It (2000), which won the Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize. A type of communication and expressiveness in a written form, poetry liberates one from sufferings, oppression and suppression on one hand, while revealing love, happiness and pleasure on the other. Literature is simply classist and is of no use to the common man. Suddenly the words do not sound the same or mean the same. We shouldn't denigrate this capacity, no matter how much we are being paid. The degraded Romanticism of the mass of bad ones often amounts to decorative displays of the poet's own sensibility. Does it disclose the pathos of other human beings and the source of their suffering? Poets do not know how their poems will be used in the future. Our current—our late-Romantic—understanding of poetry (by which all poems are really or fundamentally lyric) posits this binding-together through language alone as poetry's chief goal: poetry becomes that way of using language in which that goal (rather than, say, exposition or persuasion) takes center stage. Emily Warn: Stephen Burt's logic is airtight. So our focus on mere use strikes me as odd: is this really all we know about our poems? Poetic insight, he wrote, "does not come by study, but by the intellect being where and what it sees, by sharing the path or circuit of things through forms, and so making them translucent to others." The function of War and Peace is greater than its many uses. ... and to get across the larger message of the importance of establishing cross-cultural human connections. Ms. Hardworking Roto-Rooter could care less about your dithyrambs. It exists (and existed) to entertain, to inform, and to promulgate cultural traditions and values. I believe 9/11 solace poetry has given support, however indirectly and unintentionally, to the Bush administration. However, what may give a poem its originality and heft—extraordinary language, searing imagery, high lyricism—may be too arcane for the layperson. The poet is there on the bus, we are there, we are all in the mill-race. It isn't as limited as ever it once was. Modern society isn't just a few billion people. I have no desire to insist on such protection, nor to deny that poems have social functions. But at some point the poem takes over, makes requirements of us instead of vice versa. These might seem like grand dreams, but it is just such a belief in the power of poetry that spurs my pen to action, whether I am getting paid or not. Asking whether poetry is social is like asking if poetry can be political, a question which is raised regularly every 5 to 10 years or so. My apprenticeship as a poet was in one of many workshops started in cities all over america by the extraordinary poet, Etheridge Knight, whose poetry was so connected to breath and the body that once you'd heard him speak his poems, you would forever after hear his voice when you read the poems from the page. Question: Explain the cultural significance of the poem The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock by T. S. Eliot during the time it was written. How can one not relate to the drained faces of the women office workers on an evening bus, to their scant hope that, despite their misspent, dwindling hours in the service of Labor, they have preserved a shred of self? What can be commonly said about a skeptic who turns for clarity to a Rae Armantrout poem, a plumber who searches on Yahoo for a wedding toast, a harried person who seeks in poetry refuge from a grueling job, or a Guantanamo prisoner who, denied pen and paper, uses pebbles to scratch poems on Styrofoam cups? Major Jackson: Daisy Fried grossly misreads my critique of excessive egoism in Romantic poetry—which an even closer reading of literary history would reveal I mostly cop from Eliot and other anti-Romantic critics. 3 Poetry matters. Theodor Adorno's social (and antisocial) theories demanded that composers, and writers, protect that "isolated, fragmented self of modern consciousness" against the false claims of a bad social whole. Students often go wrong by writing more about the historical background or the life of the poet than about the poem itself. Poetry can make none of these happen. Society prompts poetry (at least if you're me); poetry, in turn, can be a highly effective tool in portraying one's take on societal issues. Poetry and the sentiments involved in it do not serve the function of obtaining employment and food, housing and procreation, do not increase one's social standing and on many occasion cause discord among people due the intense opinions and sentements involved in it; this meaning one may read one's writing and be offended by the thought, image or opinion expressed in such writing. This in turn would give literature a true social function and not cause offense. It is truly another language exclusively for the writer and the reader. "The Mill-Race" ends on the word "salt," ("but it's mostly the miller's curse-gift, forgotten of God yet still grinding, the salt-/mill, that makes sea, salt"). The pattern of the sentences sound new and melodious. Poetry is one of the most powerful forms of writing because it takes the english language, a language we believe we know, and transforms it. I would argue that unless you are writing and putting your poems into a drawer, or throwing them out onto a pond like Li Po, or burning them, then of course they are social, and of course they are political. Customs and traditions differ from one part of Nepal to another. Stephen Burt: I hope I share Emily Warn's passionate optimism about the scope of our art form, but I either fail to understand, or cannot believe, her argument. Thank you for such interesting resource! War and Peace makes an excellent paperweight; I've used it that way myself, after reading it. It is a place to witness. It is this possibility, this hope, that makes poetry as necessary as a paycheck. They were revolutionaries opposing the system. i would greatly appreciate itthank youBeka, Originally Published: December 28th, 2006. In "Lapis Lazuli," Yeats insists on the gaiety of human existence alongside its tragedy. The oral tradition can take many forms, including epic poems, chants, rhymes, songs, and more. If there are universal truths about the communicative functions in poems—truths about all good poems, not just about "The Mill-Race"—they are so universal that they do not count as social, by my lights: they concern communication among just two persons at a time, whether the two meet face-to-face, or whether implicit author and genuine reader live thousands of years apart. It's usually a love poem expressing disappointment that an evening rendezvous has ended, such as Schuyler van Rensselaer's "Under Two Windows." I hope this does not sound like an exercise in ambiguities. They lack that rich ambiguity which Keats called negative capability, and so fail as poems. Exposing oneself to good literary works, is equivalent to providing one with the finest of … If a poem has something to say and says it well, it will be remembered. Stephen Burt: What is the social function of poetry? The quikest way to lose the respect of friends, family and colleagues is to write poetry for them. That's personal—and therefore social. Such displays may be emotionally or politically useful, but who needs them? B.It is used positively in the poem, but it usually has a negative connotation. Why do we, as poets, find this function of poetry so regrettable? Unlike previous works, this book takes a broad comparative view and considers oral poetry from Africa, Asia and Oceania as well as Europe and America. See if you can catch the punch line in Stephen Crane's "A Man Said to the Universe." A headline swims into sight: "Shooting at Jewish Federation Offices Leaves 1 Dead, 5 Wounded." Questions of word choice or even the language of the poetry are often informed by social values or, following Jillian Cavanaugh (2009) , social aesthetics (see also Webster 2009 ). Stephanie (also Steph; formerly Stephen) Burt is a poet, literary critic, and professor. The capital city Kathmandu enjoys a rich tapestry of cultures blending to form a national identity. Culture is all about where we live, our language, the food we eat, the clothes we wear, the … Some people devote their lives to Art Song. Poetry can have an immediate impact in the world. No. Copyright © 2007 - 2021 Revision World Networks Ltd. Hello!Very Interesting post! In contrast, Emerson claims that "Poets are...liberating gods." The question is not merely whether the commitment he exemplified is possible now, but whether technology, and the institutions we use to manage it, can allow the kind of … For this reason, poetry makes everything (and, yes, nothing) happen, especially in a consumer society prone to assessing and dispensing value to everything from lap dances to teachers' salaries. Historicism argues that literature is a product of its age and the meaning of a text can only be discovered by fitting it around other discourses from the same period. In a highly thought-provoking piece, the Poetry Foundation interviewed a few poets to probe their thoughts concerning the societal role of poetry. So too poetry. What is the significance of the word "Nobody" in the poem? Good 9/11 poems sustain the possibility that America was both victim and guilty. Does the social function of poetry vary so wildly that we cannot generalize about it? In this way poetry can be a vehicle for messages of social justice. Forget that, and we forget poetry's true function. Instead, what we have been cultivating, probably since the Romantics, is a vision of the self, either as lonely and overly sentimental, or as beleaguered and fractured, and thus modern. Meanwhile, the four of us write poems. Emily Warn: After twenty-four hours of traveling, I get home to Seattle bleary-eyed. Is my Talmud teacher among the wounded or dead? An aubade is a poem about the arrival of the morning. The encounter, which occurs in language, preserves and enlarges our solitude and points out our connections. Pyrotechnic poets, such as Walt Whitman, Langston Hughes, and Adrienne Rich, set a charge that reverberates among multitudes, changing the shape of our social relations and, inescapably, our individual and collective consciousness. You can separate its content from its uses, which are to shake people from their consumer stupor and usher them into indeterminate mystery." It enacts a central human paradox: we exist as singular selves, yet can only know them through our relations. Maya Angelou, Billy Collins, as well as the more politically-minded poets like Adrienne Rich, Sonia Sanchez, and Palestinian-American poet Suheir Hammad all reach beyond mere aestheticism and challenge accepted notions of the above solipsistic poet toiling away at a few columns of free verse. This ritual generates empathy and widens our humanity. I once had a social worker approach me after a reading to thank me for writing a particular poem. That's pretty social. D.It is a code for "cool" in the poem. James Merrill's poetry has a social function in the sense of "social event": it tries to produce—often, in the face of mortality, or dejection, or bodily ills—a sense that the poet has friends who get his jokes, who share his sense of things, who respond in kind. Daisy Fried: How about a moratorium on using plumbers and other "common" people as mythical readers of poetry? Inevitably, someone here, or in a bomb shelter in northern Israel or southern Lebanon, will turn to poetry to read at a funeral service, or to jump-start terrorized lives and pulverized communities. The only kind of poetry that doesn't have social function is that which tells us how to think about X, Y, or Z, or tells us to buck up, or that the world is a wonderful place. For this reason, poetry makes everything (and, yes, nothing) happen, especially in a consumer society prone to assessing and dispensing value to everything from lap dances to teachers' salaries. The readerly self, if the music and strategies of the poem are a success, fades away to assume the speaker's identity, or the poem's psychic position. Such antagonism directed at people through the use of condescening, flowery language make people feel the poet/literature is challenging them with complicated ideas and emotions, most of which are of no use to sensible hardworking people and should generally be avoided. I continue to maintain that poetry cannot be defined in terms of a social function at all, even if (and here Emily Warn and I agree) most of the great modern poets do project visions of self which imply paradoxical communities of solitude, social in one sense, antisocial in another. It is my antidote to despair, tiredness and loneliness; a thread that runs through my life. But poetry's the High Art which is also democratic: inexpensive, portable, reproducible, quickly consumed (except for epic and very difficult poetry), requiring only literacy to participate. But they'll likely never mean as much in the public sphere, where content definitely does matter. If that is what Emily means, I accept her claim, with two demurrers. Milton's sonnet against the Long Parliament). Choosing to use langugage that is accessible is also a political choice, though there are those critics who insist that there are thoughts that can't be expressed without the use of language that is designed to exclude, an elitist position that makes poetry into a smaller and smaller circle of "experts" rather than a tradition that grows out of that of the bard, storyteller, griot... To find the musicality in common speech, the resonance in an image, to come into the presence of mystery, and to share this as an oral art form, not just one that lies dead on the page, insists on the social nature of poetry. Rae Armantrout's poetry, for example, seeks—at times, it seems to despair of finding—a social function we might identify as the inculcation of skeptical thinking. But do all poems do this? Emily Warn seems to argue that content supplies poems' utility. Poetry's social function comes not from what it means but from what it is. i'm senior in high school and we have senior projects to do mine is on poetry and how it affects a persons mood. Dmitri Shostakovich faced (and sometimes tried to satisfy) the demands of Soviet musical realism. If we use any more conventional, more restrictive senses for "social"—for example, "having to do with a particular society taken as a whole," or even "having to do with people in large groups"—then there is no social function which all good poems have. Poetry is one of those topics that often gets dismissed as whimsical and unimportant. They come from an undiscovered country; they are shaped into form by the power of language, and set free to fly with wings of images and metaphor. An epigram, is a poem that is meant to be funny or satirical. Yes, there is terrible suffering; we are all going to die. Culture grows from roots more enduring than those of the political state. They would likely be committed to mental institutions for claims of having visions, of the socially relevant and supernatural variety; at least one would be labeled a terrorist or terrorist-sympathizer for speaking against the state and/or professing anti-Christian beliefs; another ostracized for brazenly exercising self-proclaimed, progressive forms of natural love. Of plumbing and carpentry? Thank Heavens I vote Democrat!" Her full-length collections of poetry include The Leaf Path (1982), The Novice Insomniac (1996), and Shadow Architect (2008). Art of witness is essential. The quote perfectly describes the importance of poetry in a human being’s life. The kind of poetry written to make us feel better, for example, after 9/11, is pro-establishment falsification, for it lets us pull the comforter back over our heads and go on sleeping. Literary works are portrayals of the thinking patterns and social norms prevalent in society. That's a social function in the sense of "social good," even of "social policy." Yes. It is to facilitate communication and understanding on the deepest level, to resist tranny and oppression, to commune on the deepest levels, and to sing for all that is just and good in the world. The claim that the Romantics weren't interested in politics or society (Major Jackson) can be disproved by anyone who reads Shelley, Byron, or Blake. Second, hers appears to be a sense of "social" by which "social" denotes any experience or quality shared among two or more people, friends or strangers, living or dead. We are more likely to experience great visual art in the presence of others (in museums); we might say such experience connects us more evidently than can the silent reading of verse whose authors we have never met. 2 Words matter. Their poetry ranges from deep dark to wimscial and random thoughts. Once a reader has fully internalized the poem's machinations, she collects a chorus within her and is transformed. And when, on the carved lapis lazuli, a man "asks for mournful melodies;/Accomplished fingers begin to play;/...their eyes,/Their ancient, glittering eyes, are gay." In all your exams it is important that you consider the social and cultural contexts of the texts that you are studying. They may enact, for example, an obsessive rhythmic movement in the body onto the page, or explore the significance of a gripping image. Such a position is necessary to our communal health. Such ontological feelings of fragmentation and alienation, which often led to a more pessimistic and bleak outlook on life as manifested in representative modernist poems such as T.S. Why exclude ourselves from our own readership? Our society is declining (see How to diagnose if a community is declining ) so our use of language is declining, which makes it difficult to communicate simple ideas in prose. She earned degrees from Kalamazoo College and the University of Washington. Prozac would probably work better. They have banished themselves from the republic, having abdicated their role as loud-mouth rousers of weeping and gnashing. Just ask the poet who reluctantly agrees to contribute to a wedding program, a funeral, or a political rally: the assignment pales in comparison to those poems that arise out of his own mysterious and idiosyncratic need. Learn how to write a poem about Social media and share it! Poetry can leap across and charge the synapse between us and the world, altering both. Writing is even more of an offence to the general public. They think, perhaps, that poetry Tells the Truth, or Provides Solace. I still love these quotes that inspired me as a young poet: Louis Turco says that poetry is "saying something superbly" -, Galway Kinnell says that poetry "cultivates a tenderness towards existence", Joy Harjo says that "if I believed poetry made nothing happen, I wouldn't write it.". (One reason we keep seeking a "social function" despite this lack of agreement: those of us who make a living through poetry—by teaching other people how to write more of it, or by writing about it—often feel a bit guilty for getting paid.) Poems such as "The Mill-Race" make us aware of the social conditions that shape our relations; their language helps us dwell in, puzzle out, and feel the conditions and the relations, no matter how terrible, making a change in them more possible. Is it this capacity that will help us, better than ammo or dollars, find a way through these harrowing times? Emerson named the current flowing through things divine—a fire our bodies and poems externalize. I solve problems with its lines—not just their lexicon, but the life breathed into form by rhythm, rhyme or meter: a riddle; a moment of joy. Insert context header here: J. Alfred Prufrock and Modernism 1 History matters. It is a worthy expression of emotion, or deep feelings, and aesthetics, or a sense of what is beautiful about the world. Is anyone else I know? "Them" seldom includes "us." Well, what is the social function of ER nursing? It is great to be in such a diversifed group.Needless to say, for those 2 hours, once a week meetings are mind opening to new thought patterns of how the individuals process their creativity.A full range of emotions it encompasses.Inspiration from the spoken word can come from everyday conversations. As stated in the quote by C.S. Lewis, literature not only describes reality but also adds to it. "The Mill-Race" by Anne Winters serves as proof text. Will this poem end drudgery? If so, let me add another: one of poetry's chief aims is to illumine the walls of mystery, the inscrutable, the unsayable. I've talked to many other poets who have had similar experiences; it is a sobering moment when one realizes the extent to which art and grace are truly factors in people's lives. Even when the Establishment posthumously highlights a poet such as June Jordan, whose poetics and social vision coalesce into a rich model of the best of art created in a democracy, and whose poetry never suffers from mere narcissism, it does so patronizingly (see Dan Chiasson's review in these pages, November 2005). Ammons's poems about inlets, woods, and garbage.) "The Mill-Race" is good and usefulbecause it presents in extraordinary language an aspect of the human condition, not some false solution having to do with feel-good "relat(ing) to drained faces." I've never found an explanation for why poetry, apparently alone among the art forms, is asked to do more than be itself. Yet if we reject tangled relations to insist on the isolated, fragmented self of modern consciousness, then we remain self-absorbed and self-limiting—and certainly incapable of responding to the woman standing with Ahkmatova in the prison line who asked, "Can you describe this?" A ceremony allows us to acknowledge a transition or a rite of passage – a new beginning or sometimes, as a conclusion to an event in our lives. Sex pornography has its uses, even positive ones, but nobody confuses it with serious art about love. So do many objects and events which are not poems. But this doesn't explain why the superfluous demands are often made by educated poetry experts. That realization is that poetry and literature in general serve no true social function and have no intrinsic value (and for that matter art as well). Why is poetry called to duty during these crises (Major Jackson)? We're talking about a global village with a YouTube tech resource beyond standard TV, films and video-on-demand. All over the world people celebrate through ceremony, with many ceremonies having cultural or religious significance. Now it is the poets who soldier on; they have, after all, paying jobs to perform, not for the republic, but for the realm of the personal which has subsumed it. Emerson thought poems could change reality because they uncover its hardwiring, then jimmy with it. "I open each session with your poem." Housman did not know A Shropshire Lad would speak to people suffering the horrors of WWI. Otherwise a poem could not bind—as many poems do bind—solitudes and make connections among readers who do not live in the same society, nor even in the same century. So maybe it's good that poetry carries this extra burden, even if it means that the idea of poetry is more necessary to people than individual poems, and that people tend not to pay attention to what's happening on the page. But we should beware of using witness poetry as some cliché of the triumph of the human spirit, providing ourselves with a sop to make us feel better about our government's victims. Kathmandu Valley has served as the country’s cultural metropolis since the unification of Nepal in the 18th Century. please. Plato need not have stewed about poets, you seem to be saying. Maybe no one asks mezzo-sopranos to justify their work in terms of purported political utility, but composers have long encountered such demands. Whatever you think of the folks who fix your pipes, you know roughly what they get paid to do, and why the people who pay them value their services. Over centuries, the poem also says, these workers have raised cathedrals, invented art. 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