This 30 page essay was a great way to kick off a late February Saturday morning. Neighbor Dave dropped off a Harvard Classic compilation of essays that reads on the spine “English Essays Sidney to Macauley”.
Shelley’s essay grabbed my attention at the title. Feeling particularly vulnerable and unsafe as a person in America these days, I am always looking for peaceful modes of self-defense, so this seemed to fit the bill.
It is refreshing to read about the power of poetry and the role it has played throughout history — a reminder that being a poet means something. I think I needed this lift since much of my art and writing is often dark. I forget that there is still beauty in it even if I cannot always see or feel it.
The last line of the essay will carry me through the rest of the day, “Poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world.”