A Song

By Gerald Therrien Is it to herald your regal realm,    proclaims this voice serene and bold? For all who hear it are in your care,    from God that right you do uphold! Is it a message sent far and wide,    an envoy to a love unseen? That seeks a mate of the…

Shall We Allow Poets in the Republic? Part Three

By Gerald Therrien At the end of part 2 of ‘Shall We Allow Poets in the Republic’, we came upon the proposition that poets either must be ‘possessed and insane’ and derive their inspiration from some divine influence – like the oracles and prophecies of the priests and priestesses of the gods, or that poets…

Why Shelley Wrote ‘A Defense of Poetry’ and its Relevance for Today

In the wake of the 1815 Congress of Vienna which saw a suffocating cage imposed upon all forms of creative literature, art, and music deemed “insurrectionary” by the oligarchical families then restating their power after two decades of napoleonic wars, it appeared to many that any hopes of a republican spirit in the arts and…