What do you think?

August 31, 2010

In Dana Gioia’s essay Can Poetry Matter?, she quotes Robert Bly claiming:

“We have an odd situation: although more bad poetry is being published now than ever before in American history, most of the reviews are positive. Critics say, “I never attack what is bad, all that will take care of itself,”. . . but the contrary is full of young poets and readers who are confused by seeing mediocre poetry praised, or never attacked, and who end up doubting their own critical perceptions” (21).

Acknowledging this essay was written in 1992, is Bly’s claim that we as critics are actually depreciating the standard of quality and of future performance still relevant? Do you feel affected by this?

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