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Which sentence best summarises the following section? In an ode to the art of odes, poetry critic Stephen Burt demonstrates through lyrical explication that the practice of poetry is tied to being human. Says Burt, “The patterns in poems show us not just what somebody thought or what someone did or what happened, but what it was like to be a person like that — to be so anxious, so lonely, so inquisitive, so goofy, so preposterous, so brave.” It is, Burt suggests, our ability to imagine the hypothetical that makes poetry work. But in so many ways poetry is the opposite of work: It can’t apply force or move matter; it can only be, on a page. Indeed, the act of reading a poem is often singularly sedentary, requiring the reader to concentrate fully in a giant arm chair, intently focused. As Auden is oft quoted as saying, “Poetry makes nothing happen.” The line, from his poem “In Memory of W. B. Yeats,” is a lyrical misnomer. In the first stanza from this elegy to the Irish giant of modernist poetry, he writes, “W

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  • Which sentence best summarises the following section? In an ode to the art of odes, poetry critic Stephen Burt demonstrates through lyrical explication that the practice of poetry is tied to being human. Says Burt, “The patterns in poems show us not just what somebody thought or what someone did or what happened, but what it was like to be a person like that — to be so anxious, so lonely, so inquisitive, so goofy, so preposterous, so brave.” It is, Burt suggests, our ability to imagine the hypothetical that makes poetry work. But in so many ways poetry is the opposite of work: It can’t apply force or move matter; it can only be, on a page. Indeed, the act of reading a poem is often singularly sedentary, requiring the reader to concentrate fully in a giant arm chair, intently focused. As Auden is oft quoted as saying, “Poetry makes nothing happen.” The line, from his poem “In Memory of W. B. Yeats,” is a lyrical misnomer. In the first stanza from this elegy to the Irish giant of modernist poetry, he writes, “W


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