A poet’s work is to name the unnameable, to point at frauds, to take sides, start arguments, shape the world, and stop it going to sleep. Salman Rushdie
Poets should resort to language for a purpose far greater than mere aesthetics, especially with what’s going on in the world today. When everything seems to become increasingly political (and polarized), it’s almost imperative that the poet use their craft to take a stand against injustice and other ills of the world. To leave matters wholly in the hands of politicians is to deny the monumental power of language.
I will leave you with another favorite quote of mine by English poet Percy Bysshe Shelley from his essay A Defence of Poetry (1840):
Poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world.