the poet who didn’t feel the pressure
at a politically difficult time
would be either
Debate doesn’t really change things.
It gets you bogged in deeper.
If you can address or reopen the subject with something new, something from a different angle,
then there is some hope.
People are suddenly gazing
at something else and
for a moment.
And for the duration of that gaze and pause,
they are like
of the totality
of their own knowledge
That’s something poetry can do for you,
for a moment
above the pool
of your own consciousness and
(Seamus Heaney in an interview in The Paris Review)