Why Read Poetry? Because It Can Make You More Empathetic

Share Tweet Submit Pin One upon time, people did not have to ask the question, “Why poetry?” Poetry required no apologia, no formal training, no elitist ivory tower education. Poetry simply was . It was read, recited, written; taught, learned, remembered. All without fanfare or leeches or ceremonies with strange men carnival masks and opera cloaks like those dudes that one Stanley Kubrick film. That was a time ago, in places like Greece and Ireland. In the contemporary U.S., not only have to ask this question, but to answer it repeatedly and in book-length fashion. The man answering this question at the moment is Matthew Zapruder in a new book, Why Poetry . Zapruder and I have a few things in common, almost none of which are stylistic and none of which ’ve ever discussed. both took Russian in quite possibly the same dingy corner of UC Berkeley’s Dwinelle Hall. both spent a of time contemplating the “Called Back” inscription on Emily Dickinson’s grave marker in Amherst, Massachusetts . both grew up with attorney fathers were likely to nod off during readings, and were prideful (and doubtful) over […]

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