Poetics and Poetry Discussion
(4/24/2005 8:53:00 AM)
Your two questions relate, I'd say, to two deep concerns of serious poets. First, they wish to comprehend and encopmpass in their work, all that is worthwhile of the past - classical mythology, classical liteaure and thought. Second, they wish in their short life to consider what the future might bring if the best minds of the present time could bring their love to all.
I would say that these are the great aims of the most serious poets, always; curiously, the second aim, for the future, is less frequently considered - perhaps because the fear of death gets in the way of thought - although all [poets, surely, are writing for the future beyond the present fame or lack of it?