Moral Compass

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Moral Compass

Postby Macavity » Tue Sep 05, 2017 1:57 am

Should poetry have a moral compass? By this, I don't mean a moral intention, but an awareness that writing can contribute to the greater evil as well as good. Would the 'world' be a better place if those words were not written? Anything goes in reality - in all art forms - but in terms of your writing should this be a consideration? A responsibility?

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Re: Moral Compass

Postby Antcliff » Sat Sep 09, 2017 7:21 pm

Writing poems is acting, so any obligations we have in our acts generally pass over to those acts. I certainly don't believe that the obligations of morality fall away on wearing a beret.

But I suppose the question is whether there are any poetry specific obligations....i.e. obligations you acquire qua poet...which you would not have sans beret. And there I am inclined to say that I can't think of any. Hmm. I wish I had a more interesting answer.

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We fray into the future, rarely wrought
Save in the tapestries of afterthought.
Richard Wilbur
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Re: Moral Compass

Postby Macavity » Tue Sep 12, 2017 10:24 am

And there I am inclined to say that I can't think of any


I've had the impression that you are inclined to birth the happier genre of poetry - not a bad decision in my view. Why bring more miserableness into this world?
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