Saturday, July 10, 2010

21st Century: Query 33

Official Portrait of President John F. Kennedy (Painting by Aaron Shikler.)

How might the following statement be true or false?
When power leads man toward arrogance, poetry reminds him of his limitations. When power narrows the areas of man's concern, poetry reminds him of the richness and diversity of his existence. When power corrupts, poetry cleanses, for art establishes the basic human truths which must serve as the touchstone of our judgment.
--John F. Kennedy, Address at Amherst College, October 26, 1963

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