#Read about #Author Kevin Morris explaining his #Poetry

Kevin Morris, poet talking about poetry and commenting on two poems of his own.

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km-and-tIn his poem, “In Memory of W. B Yeats” the poet, W. H. Auden writes “For poetry makes nothing happen”. Auden is, I believe broadly correct. It is social and economic factors, for example widespread starvation which led to the French Revolution of 1789, rather than the writings of philosophers and poets. One can not, however dismiss the role writers play in shaping history. George Orwell was regarded as being a threat to the old Soviet Union (the Communist Party banned his writings along with other critics of Communism). Authors such as Orwell and Kafka did not bring down the Berlin Wall. They did, however help to expose it’s flaws and influenced those intellectuals brave enough to criticise the authoritarian governments under which they lived.

Irrespective of whether poetry (and writing in general) “makes anything happen” I, personally feel compelled to express myself in verse. In my collection of…

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Jane Dougherty

I used to do lots of things I didn't much enjoy. Now I am officially a writer. It's what I always wanted to be.

7 thoughts on “#Read about #Author Kevin Morris explaining his #Poetry”

      1. Yes Yeats is one of the literary greats. I particularly like his “The Second Coming” which I quoted in answer to one of the questions on my university history exam. How very precocious of me! Yeats certainly had an interesting life although not always a happy one. Kevin

      2. No, Yeats suffered a lot from his position as a product of the Ascendancy, and being always on the fringes of the culture he wanted to claim for his own. I love his poems though, and even if politically he put his foot in his mouth, I forgive him.

      3. I believe we should, so far as is possible sepparate what we think about a writer’s abilities as a write from our view of them as a human being. One may like someone’s writing while disagreeing strongly with their politics or how they conduct their private life. I believe Yeats expressed some admiration for aspects of Nazi Germany without fully understanding the horrors being perpetrated by the Third Reich. Auden, in contrast went through a Communist phase but neither the activities of Yeats or Auden should prejudice us against their work.

      4. No, of course not, and the fact that Yeats sat on the fence even in Irish politics and didn’t publish his poem Easter 1916 until 1920 doesn’t detract from the poem’s greatness, or Yeats’ stature as a poet.

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