Poetry should not be regarded as one more means of escape. Moral responsibility should not be transferred from action to paper in the fate of a particular situation. Poetry… should offer a means of enriching one’s awareness of human experience and… should render greater the possibility of one’s acting, in a future situation, in accordance with the findings of one’s improved intelligence.

Yvor Winters, quoted in Christopher Kempf’s essay “Tell Don’t Show: On Pseudo-statement”

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