There is something offensive and scandalous about poetry, judging
by the number of attacks on it and defenses of it written over the
centuries. Poetry, Hazard Adams argues, exists to offend - not
through its subject matter but through the challenges it presents
to the prevailing view of what language is for. Poetry's main
cultural value is its offensiveness; it should be defended as
Adams specifies four poetic offenses - gesture, drama,... more...