How does poetry evoke change and emotion

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In Percy Bysshe Shelley’s essayA Defence of Poetry,” the author discusses the different aspects of the literary genre that make it so impactful.

One of these is poetry’s ability to create change. Shelley discusses this in the last several paragraphs of the essay.

He introduces this idea in the following quote:

The most unfailing herald, companion, and follower of the awakening of a great people to work a beneficial change in opinion or institution, is poetry.

This quote suggests that at any time in which progress in society occurs, one will find...

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