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Can Poetry save the World?

In Godard's film "Notre Musique," the palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish contemplates on the role of poetry in social/political/national conflicts. His main example is Greece. He says he is looking for "the poet of Troy." He wonders if poetry is a tool or a symbol of power, i.e. whether the Greeks took Troy because of their poetic superiority, or if their poetic superiority was a symbol of their overall superiority.

What then is the role of poetry in contemporary conflict? Can it help ease the tension between nations? Can it give power to those who need it? Can we make poetry a part of our identities, and a tool for our progress? Or have we given that right only to our technology?

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  • May 26 2011: Everybody is talking about changing the world but nobody talks about changing its own self. If you think that you can change the world, it would be wise to change yourself in the first place as a start. If everybody changes his or her ways of doing things, the world will be a better place. However, the world can only be changed by its own adjustment. Human beings are only a transient visitor on this earth and are only one of the many species that lives on earth. Poetry can only give you an illusion that human beings are capable of changing the world, and that illusion is what makes you feel great and powerful even though it is just the opposite.

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