Just because Virgil, and other ancient geniuses who wrote the book on how to write poetry, bent the rules doesn’t mean modern poets can do the same
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If you want to do mimesis, don’t waste your time trying to distill nature. Instead, use Homer as shorthand
Virgil’s full name was Publius Vergilius Maro
The Aeneid of Virgil, the Latin poet born in Mantua, can be read as a gloss on Homer
But we don’t need Virgil; we should be able to gloss Homer ourselves
Critics should be like pharmacists, carrying out poets' prescriptions. Instead, they usurp the poet’s role, and try to tell us what’s good for us
Instead of playing a subservient role to poetry, criticism has become the main attraction
Criticism’s job is to make poetry look even sexier
The worst is when people can’t decide if they’re poets or critics