Muriel Rukeyser on hatred of poetry

Almost 70 years later, Rukeyser is still so right, unfortunately.

Anyone dealing with poetry and the love of poetry must deal, then, with the hatred of poetry, and perhaps even more with the indifference which is driven toward the center. It comes through as boredom, as name-calling, as the traditional attitude of the last hundred years which has chalked in the portrait of the poet as he is known to this society, which as Herbert Read says, “does not challenge poetry in principle–it merely treats it with ignorance, indifference and unconscious cruelty.” -Muriel Rukeyser, The Life of Poetry (1949)

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