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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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    Jun 3 2011: Poetry can be a form of argumentation since old and great philosophers yet new and modern writers/poets used it to demonstrate, to convince, to argue, to persuade ...etc. Some used to in order to represent the reality, some used it to save the world, some to motivate, some to write, some to publish, some to tease, some to defend and others to attack.
    As you just said, politicians used it, artists used it, film-makers used it, youngsters used it and adults used it too.
    So I can think poetry can in a way or another save the World.

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