What the Poets Could Have Been Essay

Julianna Baggott
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Karmiol holds a Ph.D. in English literature and is a university professor. In this essay, she discusses the self-conscious awareness of the poet, who uses her talent as a way to justify the poet’s existence and give meaning to her work.

The desire to use poetry as a way to either justify its creation or explain its purpose is not new. Julianna Baggott’s “What the Poets Could Have Been” is only one of many attempts to explore the power of poetry and its importance, which some poets think extends far beyond words on paper. In ancient Greece, poets wrote about the purpose of poetry, the need for poets to fulfill certain functions, and the importance of poetry in the world of human affairs. After the Roman conquest of the Greek city-states, Roman poets adopted the Greek value of poetry. Horace...

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