Why people need poetry
“We’re all going to die — and poems can help us live with that,” said Stephanie Burt (also known as Steph; previously Stephen) in a charming and funny TED talk titled ‘Why people need poetry’, back in 2014.
I imagine that many young students ask the question, “Why do we need poetry?” Well, Burt who is a poet, an influential literary critic, and professor at Harvard University explains why people need poetry by using her favorite poems to convey how poetry helps us to understand and cope with what it means to be a person.
In a fascinating Washington Post interview, Burt explained that “Poetry can explain individuals to ourselves, and change our attitudes, and help us see the complexity of the world.”
Burt has published a number of poetry books which are listed below:
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