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ERIC Number: EJ774489
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Apr
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0031-7217
Poetry and Patriotism
Greene, Maxine
Phi Delta Kappan, v87 n8 p596 Apr 2006
The author was invited to speak at a poetry slam conducted by Urban Poets, a group of teenage poets who perform their own works with the most passionate intensity. She had trouble deciding what to say to the young generation whose world differed so much from hers. She turned to Walt Whitman and a poem he wrote, "To the Young Poets," telling them it was up to them to change the world. Like many artists, Whitman spoke of imagination and unrealized possibility. He knew about oppression and poverty and corruption, the rot beginning to erode democracy. In his poetry and in his "Democratic Vistas," he was asking for the kind of unease that would ward off complacency and compliance, that would awaken people enough to move them to act, to see democracy as an open possibility, always in the future, not as an achievement in the past. This view may be the stuff of an emancipatory curriculum, something worth teenagers' allegiance.
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Language: English
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