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Holmes is a freelance writer and editor. In this essay, he contends that in “View,” one of Bell's intentions is to subtly awaken the consciences of his readers.

Different poets certainly write for different reasons. Some may write exclusively for themselves, to channel and express their innermost thoughts, with total disregard for the effects borne on any audience, perhaps neglecting even to attempt to publish their work. Others may prize the emotional connection they can develop with their readers, presenting either their own or fictionalized experiences in ways that stir sentiments perhaps previously unknown to those readers. Still other poets may go beyond that bare emotional connection to prod their audience not only to feel but also to think—to consider particular concepts and perhaps reflect on the relevance of those concepts to their own lives. Bell may indeed be considered a member of this last group, intentionally...

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