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Posted February 20, 2010
The Poetry of Earth is Never Dead (John Keats)
I've always liked how philosopher Alan Watts explained the phenomenon of the human race: it's like the apple tree producing that thing so vastly different from the tree trunk and branches--the apple. So, too, the Earth produces people. We belong here, we are a product of Mother Earth. Professor John Felstiner gives us an overview of what thoughtful people have written over the years, spanning from biblical times to Mount St. Helens, about the interplay between us two-legged creatures dealing with other natural forces.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
This is a book to savor over the years. Professor Felstiner has kindly done the hard work for us, selecting the poems, excerpting sections, then analyzing them in essay form. The reader's job is to enjoy and, when curiosity gets the better of us, carry on our own discovery of the poem and/or the poet. The title asks, "Can Poetry Save the Earth?" The jury is still out on that question, but poetry can certainly bring joy and relief to our lives, and as the author observes, "One by one, the will to act may rise within us."