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Michael Shepherd Male, 85, United Kingdom (8/23/2005 11:24:00 AM)

Now here's a cool question: the history of criticism, in poetry as in other arts, is strong in unattempted or unsuccesful (note the word..) poets who turned in some relevant criticism from a broader perspective (rather than personal animosity) .

So should our two Wipe Your Feet Matts be condemned as critics just because their poetry is uh-huh? If they avoided generalisations, say, and kept to detailed poetics?

Justa question, folks...

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  • Michael Shepherd (8/23/2005 2:53:00 PM) Post reply | Read 1 reply

    I guess the word 'critic' is too limiting - but it's the one in common use. I tried to promote the word 'appreciator' in the press, but it didn't catch on -people enjoy the negative so much more...and 'appreciation' suggests a lack of integrity to the chattering classes...but it properly includes appreciation, assessment, and setting in artistic and cultural and social context. It shouldn't just mean arrogant destruction?

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    • Cheri Leigh (9/8/2005 10:00:00 AM) Post reply

      Hi Michael, One of the definitions for Critical (and its various and sundry derivations) in MW is: 'exercising or involving careful judgment or judicious evaluation.' The popular usage of the term ... more

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