You could read the preface of FOR LAUNCELOT ANDREWES
where he identified himself as a ROYALIST in politics.
I guess that would mean he might be in trouble with
his parliament, but certainly not with his monarch.
From: Shepherd, Michael [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: Tuesday, December 02, 2003 11:20 AM
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Subject: Politics and Poetry
On November 19th, I listened to Garrison Keillor interviewing Lawrence
Ferlinghetti on NPR's City Arts and Lectures program. At the end of the
interview, Ferlinghetti's advice to young poets was to "remember that the
poet must be in opposition to the State." Someone please correct me if I
misunderstood, but I thought I heard Ferlinghetti say the poet must strive
for love, compassion, mercy, beauty, etc and the State is opposed to all of
these things. I also remember a quote from someone else (who I can't
remember) who said "the poet who is not in trouble with his king is in
trouble with his art." I disagree with Ferlinghetti and the other person I
quoted. However, I wanted to know if anyone knows if Eliot has ever
supported or refuted the views expressed in either of these two statements
and where I can read his remarks.