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Elegy For a Dead World Developer Interview “Advanced literature taught through Space Magic”

In “A Defence of Poetry”, Percy Shelley made the famous (if slightly self-aggrandizing) claim that “poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world”. Language and its inherent desire for rhythm, order and harmony made the poetic sensibility not just relevant to “the authors of language and of music, of the dance, and architecture, and statuary, and painting”; poets are also “the institutors of laws, and the founders of civil society.” Reason, to Shelley, is an insufficient tool for maintaining our civilization: imagination, as a cultivated awareness of beauty and truth, plays an ‘unacknowledged’ part in our species’ greatest feats.

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