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The Atlantic: Shelley Calls Poetry the Cure for Information Overload

By Harriet Staff

If you’re feeling drowned in status updates, tweets and up-to-the-second news, Percy Bysshe Shelley has some advice for you: turn to poetry. A brief writeup on The Atlantic website presents Shelley’s take on the massive volume of information available–in 1821. The poet writes:

…We want the creative faculty to imagine that which we know; we want the generous impulse to act that which we imagine; we want the poetry of life; our calculations have outrun conception; we have eaten more than we can digest.

Read the full post here.

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Posted in Poetry News on Monday, July 30th, 2012 by Harriet Staff.