Poetry works by provoking emotions. It is quite different from Novels and other writing that work on the basis of conveying ideas. Yeats Irish Airman poem is a nice way for people who weren't involved to bypass the sheer horror, fear and drudgery that was the air war in WW1. Dulce Et Decorum Est or some of Sassoon's poems are far better at illustrating the disconnectedness of Yeats to events.
i am not really talking about parliament although it is ironic that the gaelic education system is so bad for literature and philosophy when there are supposedly arts students in it - perhaps that says some thing about the quality of third level education in the republic of ireland
Do you really think any one is still reading Classic texts coming out of school today? Do you not see correlation with this and the fact that people concerned with literature are considered unintelligent? Do you not think the emergence of Feminist poets such as Adrienne Rich in second level and third level English Literature classes has helped with this and also contributed to subversive politics? my point is education in terms of literature and culture used to be better
Some people do. Some people have read the Classics when they were children. Once one takes the Classics away from their historical context, as most of these EnglishLit types do, they become meaningless and the tool for people incapable of creating any great works to push their own opinions as fact.
yes - which is the purpose of an education in classical civilisation - one learns about the context of the text as well - which is what should be taught in schools but is realistically only taught at places such as gonzaga, belvedere, alexandra and clongowes - Is it really that shocking to find that people that do not go to these schools end up knowing little to nothing about classical civilisation and literature? Would you be fine if only terrible poetesses like Adrienne Rich were taught at second level and third level education? that is the direction it is going in
there is education based on comparative literature and there is one based on trashcan feminist poetesses - the latter of which informs the school curriculum in the republic of ireland today and is the reason why people who do not go to clongowes and co. are uneducated - classics should be mandatory and english literature should undergo a moment of reaction
Understand what? That the sun deranged superstitious ramblings of misogynist desert camel fuckers as strategically edited centiuries later is actually the word of the being that created the universe? Eh...no. That's just some bollocks you tell your children to scare them into behaving until they grow up! Obviously you haven't yet Patrick!