Friday, May 13, 2016

Poetry Is A Perfect Form To Challenge Human Rights Abuses

Posted at 9:42PM Wednesday 11 May 2016

The poetry of witness has long compensated for censored or corrupted news media when truth must be spoken to power – think of Alfred Tennyson's Charge of the Light Brigade or Wilfred Owen's Anthem for Doomed Youth. Poetry and human rights are very often tied together; think of Muriel Rukeyser's poetry, which are intimate while also tackling the huge themes of feminism, equality and being Jewish after the Holocaust. The civil rights poetry and activism of Langston Hughes are completely inseparable.


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