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Analysis and comments on On Being Asked To Write A Poem Against The War In Vietnam by Hayden Carruth

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On a first reading it might appear that this a pessimistic poem about what
poetry can't do, rather than what it can. It's really powerful and menacing
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Poet: Hayden Carruth
Poem: On Being Asked To Write A Poem Against The War In Vietnam
Added: Feb 20 2003
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Poem of the Day: Aug 2 2007

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