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Why We Should Read Poetry

June 6th, 2023 | 5 min read

By Daniel Dorman

For most people today the reader of poetry is a quaint and obscure character, like a collector of antique dolls or stamps. The reader of poetry is looked upon as someone absorbed in a personal and sentimental interest with almost no cultural or political significance. Literary theory (i.e. critical theories) are enjoying a cultural and political ascendency, but poetry itself is almost entirely peripheral to twenty-first century life. This is because poetry, and literature more broadly, has been desperately misunderstood and then (inevitably) shuffled to the sidelines of our lives both individually and collectively; we’ve lost our capacity to read literature rightly and so we’ve lost sight of its value.

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Daniel Dorman

Daniel Dorman is a contributor with Young Voices and the director of communications at a public policy think-tank in Ottawa, Canada. His writing has recently appeared in a variety of publications including the National Review, National Post, and Mere Orthodoxy.