The Function of poetry – a selection of quotes

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The function of poetry is that it does not have any function beyond its own construction and being-in-the-world.
Stephen Burt

“The function of poetry is religious invocation of the muse; its use is the experience of mixed exaltation and horror that her presence excites.”
Robert Graves

“The function of poetry is to point out that the sign is not identical to the referent”, Jacobson

“The primary function of poetry, as of all the arts, is to make us more aware of ourselves and the world around us. I do not know if such increased awareness makes us more moral or more efficient. I hope not. I think it makes us more human, and I am quite certain it makes us more difficult to deceive”,
WH Auden

the function of poetry is to bring us closer together in our understanding of one another.
IndieGoGo

The function of poetry is to offer delight.
Wordsworth

the function of poetry is to serve as a test of truth.
George Oppen

The function of poetry is to debunk by lucidity.
Robert Bertholf

the function of poetry is both the elevation and equalization of its audience
Katherine Murphy

The function of poetry is to effect the psychological adaptations in the genotype which will equip it for its changing tasks in the struggle against Nature.
Francis Mulhern paraphrasing Christopher Cauldwell

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