Wednesday, February 01, 2006

JFK's The Purpose of Poetry

I read something interesting in the current edition (Jan/Feb, 2006) of the Atlantic Magazine written in 1964 by President Kennedy about the purpose of poetry. Excerpts:

The men who create power make an indispensible contribution to the nation's greatness, but the men who question power make a contribution just as indispensible, especially when that questioning is disinterested, for they determine whether we use power or power uses us...

When power corrupts, poetry cleanses, for art establishes the basic human truths which must serve as the touchstones of our judgement.

In free society art is not a weapon, and it does not belong to the sphere of polemics and ideology.

I look forward to a great future for America--a future in which our country will match its military strength with our moral strength, its wealth with our wisdom, its power with our purpose.

And I look forward to an America which commands respect throughout the world, not only for its strength, but for its civilization as well.

And I look forward to a world which will be safe, not only for democracy and diversity, but also for personal distinction.

So, all that poetry you had to read in high school has a purpose after all!

24 comments:

oakleyses said...

louis vuitton outlet online, prada handbags, toms shoes, oakley sunglasses, nike air max, michael kors outlet, louis vuitton handbags, louboutin, tiffany and co, polo ralph lauren outlet online, michael kors outlet online, louboutin outlet, louboutin shoes, louis vuitton outlet stores, polo ralph lauren outlet, chanel handbags, michael kors outlet, air max, louis vuitton, ray ban sunglasses, kate spade handbags, burberry outlet online, gucci outlet, jordan shoes, coach factory outlet, prada outlet, christian louboutin shoes, oakley sunglasses, nike shoes, ray ban sunglasses, louis vuitton outlet, michael kors outlet, tory burch outlet, michael kors outlet online, cheap oakley sunglasses, coach outlet, longchamp handbags, kate spade outlet, burberry outlet online, nike free, longchamp outlet, michael kors outlet, true religion jeans, longchamp handbags, coach outlet store online, coach purses, coach outlet

oakleyses said...

mcm handbags, ugg boots, mont blanc, juicy couture outlet, canada goose, valentino shoes, ferragamo shoes, juicy couture outlet, mac cosmetics, babyliss pro, canada goose, ugg, insanity, north face jackets, uggs on sale, roshe run, marc jacobs, reebok outlet, birkin bag, wedding dresses, ugg boots, ghd, soccer jerseys, giuseppe zanotti, lululemon outlet, nfl jerseys, chi flat iron, abercrombie and fitch, celine handbags, moncler, beats by dre, moncler outlet, canada goose, new balance shoes, canada goose, canada goose outlet, herve leger, rolex watches, canada goose outlet, instyler, moncler, north face outlet, p90x, jimmy choo, uggs outlet, asics, moncler, bottega veneta, soccer shoes, supra shoes

oakleyses said...

ralph lauren, vans shoes, barbour, lululemon, nike free, hogan, ray ban pas cher, louis vuitton, burberry, longchamp, sac louis vuitton, ray ban, nike roshe run, air jordan, mulberry, hollister, longchamp, nike roshe, air max, michael kors, louis vuitton, tn pas cher, north face, louboutin, air force, ralph lauren, nike free, nike huarache, new balance pas cher, hermes, oakley pas cher, converse pas cher, michael kors, lacoste, vans, nike air max, longchamp, michael kors, abercrombie and fitch, air max, timberland, hollister, vanessa bruno, karen millen, nike trainers, montre pas cher, louis vuitton, nike blazer, hollister, sac guess

Unknown said...

abercrombie
oakley sunglasses
louis vuitton outlet
louis vuitton handbags
ralph lauren outlet
burberry outlet
mont blanc
chanel handbags
coach factory
jordan concord 11s
coach outlet store online
oakley sunglass
coach outlet store online
polo outlet
pandora charms
true religion
jordan 11 snakeskin
louis vuitton handbags
michael kors handbags
kobe bryant shoes
louis vuitton handbags
true religion outlet
coach outlet
coach outlet online
true religion jeans
chanel handbags
jordan 13s
hollister clothing store
20150508yuanyuan

Unknown said...

shijun 6.27
coach outlet online
ray ban glasses
louis vuitton
prada bags
soccer cleats
louis vuitton handbags
gucci handbags
abercrombie
burberry handbags
mulberry bags
cheap chi straighteners
louis vuitton
louis vuitton uk outlet
toms shoes outlet
michael kors uk
ralph lauren uk
michael kors outlet
oakley sunglasses discount
michael kors
ray ban sunglasses
louis vuitton handbags
timberland boots
cheap oakley sunglasses
louis vuitton outlet
true religion sale
chi hair strighteners
chanel handbags
copy watches
coach outlet
michael kors outlet
abercrombie store
prada bags
ray ban uk
cheap ray bans
oakley outlet
michael kors handbags
cheap oakleys
fendi outlet
tory burch outlet online
polo ralph lauren

Unknown said...

cheap nfl jerseys
pandora charms
true religion canada, http://www.truereligionjeanscanada.com
hermes outlet
cheap soccer jerseys
atlanta falcons jersey
nike huarache
insanity
michael kors wallet, http://www.michaelkorswallet.net/
baltimore ravens jerseys
nike free 5.0
michael kors outlet online, http://michaelkors.outletonlinestores.us.com/
ray ban sunglasses
mcm handbags
adidas wings
coach outlet, http://www.coachoutletstoreonline.in.net/
futbol baratas
cheap nike shoes
los angeles lakers jerseys
chanel outlet
michael kors uk
mac cosmetics
cheap jordans
indianapolis colts jerseys
cheap oakley sunglasses
michael kors outlet, http://www.michaelkorsoutletonlinestores.us.com/
coach outlet online
ralph lauren outlet
louis vuitton handbags
hollister canada, http://www.hollistercanada.com

Unknown said...

cheap nfl jerseys
pandora charms
true religion canada, http://www.truereligionjeanscanada.com
hermes outlet
cheap soccer jerseys
atlanta falcons jersey
nike huarache
insanity
michael kors wallet, http://www.michaelkorswallet.net/
baltimore ravens jerseys
nike free 5.0
michael kors outlet online, http://michaelkors.outletonlinestores.us.com/
ray ban sunglasses
mcm handbags
adidas wings
coach outlet, http://www.coachoutletstoreonline.in.net/
futbol baratas
cheap nike shoes
los angeles lakers jerseys
chanel outlet
michael kors uk
mac cosmetics
cheap jordans
indianapolis colts jerseys
cheap oakley sunglasses
michael kors outlet, http://www.michaelkorsoutletonlinestores.us.com/
coach outlet online
ralph lauren outlet
louis vuitton handbags
hollister canada, http://www.hollistercanada.com

Unknown said...

2015918dongdong
Gucci Online Outlet Store Clearance
true religion outlet
ralph lauren
New Michael Kors Handbags Outlet Online
tory burch sale
Louis vuitton Official Website Outlet Online
Coach Factory Handbags Outlet Store
michael kors bags
Official Coach Online Factory Sale
louis vuitton outlet stores
Coach Factory Outlet Clearance
Cheap Christian Louboutin Shoes Sale
Authentic Louis Vuitton Handbags Outlet Sale
uggs sale
michael kors handbags
Louis Vuitton Purses For Cheap
Air Jordan 6 Champagne Bottle
Louis Vuitton Neverfull Tote Bag
Michael Kors Handbags Clearance Outlet
Michael Kors Outlet Online Deals Huge
coach outlet
football jerseys cheap
Coach Outlet Discount Clearance Coach Handbags
toms outlet
Coach Factory Outlet Clearance
Nike Kobe Bryant Basketball Shoes
uggs outlet
coach outlet
michael kors outlet
Coach Diaper Bag Outlet
Gucci Outlet Store Locations
ray-ban wayfarer

Unknown said...

qihang1010,basketball shoes
cheap uggs boots
ugg boots clearance
ray ban sunglasses outlet
north face uk
adidas superstars
nike air max
kate spade outlet
tod's shoes
nike air huarache
prada
air force 1
mulberry handbags
vans shoes
gucci borse
http://www.michaelkorswalletsale.org
pandora charms
cheap oakleys
ugg boots
fake oakley sunglasses
jordan shoes
chaussure louboutin
instyler max
abercrombie and fitch
ugg boots sale
celine handbags
coach outlet online
hermes belt
canada goose outlet
moncler jackets
gucci shoes
adidas shoes uk
sac longchamp pliage
christian louboutin outlet
mcm outlet
q

Unknown said...

nfl jersey wholesale
black friday 2015
herve leger dresses
cheap ugg boots
louis vuitton outlet online
belstaff outlet
michael kors outlet
air max 2014
true religion jeans outlet
christian louboutin,louboutin,louboutin outlet,louboutin outlet italia,scarpe louboutin
michael kors outlet online
fred perry polo shirts
oakley,occhiali oakley,oakley italia,oakley occhiali,oakley sunglasses
canada goose outelt
toms outlet
roshe run men
rolex watches,rolex,watches for men,watches for women,omega watches,replica watches,rolex watches for sale,rolex replica,rolex watch,cartier watches,rolex submariner,fake rolex,rolex replica watches,replica rolex
seattle seahawks
ray ban outlet
1111minko

Unknown said...

nfl jersey wholesale
black friday 2015
herve leger dresses
cheap ugg boots
louis vuitton outlet online
belstaff outlet
michael kors outlet
air max 2014
true religion jeans outlet
christian louboutin,louboutin,louboutin outlet,louboutin outlet italia,scarpe louboutin
michael kors outlet online
fred perry polo shirts
oakley,occhiali oakley,oakley italia,oakley occhiali,oakley sunglasses
canada goose outelt
toms outlet
roshe run men
rolex watches,rolex,watches for men,watches for women,omega watches,replica watches,rolex watches for sale,rolex replica,rolex watch,cartier watches,rolex submariner,fake rolex,rolex replica watches,replica rolex
seattle seahawks
ray ban outlet
1111minko

Unknown said...

0307
true religion outlet
mulberry handbags
fitflops shoes
burberry outlet store
mulberry outlet
ralph lauren outlet
tiffany outlet
tiffany jewellery
lululemon uk
fitflops clearance
coach outlet store
ralph lauren polo
oakley sunglasses wholesale
hollister clothing
michael kors outlet uk
longchamp outlet
toms shoes
ferragamo shoes sale
true religion outlet uk
rolex watches
kate spade handbags
lululemon outlet
coach outlet online
michael kors uk outlet
michael kors uk
replica watches
rolex watches for sale
michael kors handbags
celine outlet
true religion uk outlet

Unknown said...

0307
true religion outlet
mulberry handbags
fitflops shoes
burberry outlet store
mulberry outlet
ralph lauren outlet
tiffany outlet
tiffany jewellery
lululemon uk
fitflops clearance
coach outlet store
ralph lauren polo
oakley sunglasses wholesale
hollister clothing
michael kors outlet uk
longchamp outlet
toms shoes
ferragamo shoes sale
true religion outlet uk
rolex watches
kate spade handbags
lululemon outlet
coach outlet online
michael kors uk outlet
michael kors uk
replica watches
rolex watches for sale
michael kors handbags
celine outlet
true religion uk outlet

chenlina said...

chenlina20160322
coach factory outlet
retro 11
michael kors handbags
ugg on sale
ray ban sunglasses uk
nike sb dunks
christian louboutin shoes
abercrombie kids
nike sb janoski
coach outlet
asics shoes
true religion sale
louboutin shoes
louis vuitton outlet stores
fitflop shoes
coach outlet
adidas superstar
oakley sunglasses wholesale
designer handbags
tory burch outlet online
ralph lauren outlet
louis vuitton outlet
coach factory outlet online
michael kors outlet online
mcm handbags
prada handbags
uggs for women
michael kors handbags
louis vuitton handbags
louis vuitton handbags
canada goose sale
air max 95
pandora charms
ray ban sunglasses
cartier watches
adidas originals shoes
louis vuitton handbags
coach factory outlet
coach outlet store online
louis vuitton purses
as

chenlina said...

chenlina20160415
ralph lauren uk
ugg outlet
insanity workout
michael kors
air max 90
cheap jerseys
fake watches
michael kors
michael kors outlet
kobe 11
hollister
michael kors outlet clearance
louis vuitton purses
coach factory outlet
north face outlet
jordan 11 concord
michael kors handbags
kd 8 shoes
ray bans
ray bans
adidas superstar
coach outlet store online
cheap ray ban sunglasses
coach factorty outlet
michael kors handbags
louis vuitton handbags
designer handbags
true religion
christian louboutin outlet
air jordans
nike roshe run women
ray ban sunglasses
ralph lauren outlet
louis vuitton
jeremy scott shoes
ray ban wayfarer
true religion sale
true religion outlet
hollister outlet
christian louboutin sale
as

Unknown said...

mulberry bags
toms shoes
oakley sunglasses
coach outlet online
kate spade uk
swarovski outlet
cheap nba jerseys
cartier watches
coach outlet online
coach outlet store
michael kors factory online
toms outlet
coach handbags
omega watches
michael kors wallet
lululemon outlet online
hollister clothing
lululemon outlet
oakley sunglasses
michael kors handbags
ralph lauren outlet
ralph lauren outlet
beats by dr dre
ferragamo outlet
air jordan shoes
prada sunglasses
chrome hearts outlet
rolex watches
nike tn pas cher
coach outlet
mulberry handbags
nike air max 90
ferragamo shoes
ferragamo shoes
coach outlet
20160418caihuali

Unknown said...

7.02llllllyuancheap nfl jersey
chrome hearts outlet
true religion outlet
true religion jeans
tory burch outlet
nike air huarache
nike huarache
cartier sunglasses
michael kors outlet
ferragamo shoes
coach outlet online
christian louboutin outlet
beats headphones
louis vuitton handbags
louis vuitton pas cher
true religion outlet
tiffany outlet
ralph lauren pas cher
herve leger outlet
christian louboutin shoes
christian louboutin uk
timberland shoes
michael kors canada
michael kors factory store
nba jerseys
tiffany outlet
basketball shoes
toms shoes
air jordan shoes for sale
adidas wings
mulberry handbags
ralph lauren outlet
ferragamo shoes
michael kors handbags
ralph lauren polo
7.02

chenzhen said...

mizuno running shoes
nike air max 95
michael kors outlet clearance
discount nike air max
buy red bottoms
coach factory outlet
nike huarache
red bottoms outlet online
air max 90
polo ralph lauren outlet
ray bans
lebron james shoes 2016
polo ralph lauren outlet
yeezy boost 350
black timberland boots
ferragamo
adidas nmd uk
michael kors outlet
yeezy boost 350 white
fitflops shoes
michael kors uk
asics running shoes
mont blanc pens outlet
michael kors bags
pandora jewelry
michael kors outlet online
hollister clothing store
hollister kids
nike running shoes
sac longchamp
michael kors outlet
michael kors outlet online
valentino
michael kors outlet online
louis vuitton borse
coach factory outlet
reebok
nike store uk
ecco outlet
nike air max 90
chenzhen2016712

xjd7410@gmail.com said...

christian louboutin outlet
oakley outlet
gucci outlet
air jordan shoes
cheap ray ban sunglasses
cheap jerseys
rolex watches
true religion sale
coach factory outlet online
louis vuitton outlet
burberry handbags
coach outlet
true religion outlet
gucci handbags
replica watches
oakley sunglasses
fitflop shoes
kate spade outlet
tory burch outlet online
louis vuitton purses
hermes outlet
true religion outlet
beats solo
louis vuitton purses
coach outlet clearance
cheap jordan shoes
michael kors outlet
coach outlet online
louis vuitton handbags
chenyingying20160801

xjd7410@gmail.com said...

ralph lauren
coach outlet online
coach factory outlet online
coach factory outlet
true religion jeans
coach outlet
authentic louis vuitton handbags
montblanc
jordans for sale
ralph lauren outlet
toms outlet
cheap air jordans
coach outlet store online
michael kors handbags
air jordan femme
replica watches
coach outlet store online clearances
air jordan homme
michael kors handbags
ray ban sunglasses
celine bags
designer handbags
coach outlet
jordan 6s
air jordan 8
adidas superstar
nfl jerseys
coach outlet store online clearances
coach factory outlet online
chenyingying20160801

Unknown said...

fitflop sandals
burberry outlet
nike outlet store
coach handbags outlet
coach outlet online
coach factory outlet store
coach factory outlet
polo ralph lauren outlet online
ray ban sunglasses outlet
adidas outlet online
170701yueqin

raybanoutlet001 said...

carolina jerseys
ugg boots
rolex watches
michael kors outlet
michael kors uk
toms shoes
rolex replica
ugg boots
ugg boots
snapbacks wholesale
2017.7.13

chenlili said...

supreme
burberry outlet online
longchamp handbags
north face
harden vol 1
canada goose
air max
coach handbags
coach outlet
adidas stan smith shoes
20181.22chenjinyan

chenmeinv0 said...

adidas superstar
swarovski
nike vapor max
lebron james shoes
nike factory outlet
converse shoes
nike blazer
air max 90
true religion
ralph lauren
2018.6.1xukaimin