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The Dangers of PoetryCulture, Politics, and Revolution in Iraq$
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Kevin M. Jones

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781503613393

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9781503613393.001.0001

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“We Are What Flows through Every Soul and Spirit”

“We Are What Flows through Every Soul and Spirit”

(p.185) Conclusion “We Are What Flows through Every Soul and Spirit”
The Dangers of Poetry

Kevin M. Jones

Stanford University Press

The conclusion documents the tragic fate of many poets who participated in the anticolonial struggle for national liberation during preceding decades. It documents the experience of torture, imprisonment, and exile suffered by communist poets after the Baʿthist coup d’état of February 1963 and shows how the legacy of communist poetry was systemically erased from the historical and literary record in subsequent decades. The conclusion also discusses why the singular historical phenomenon of rebel poetry was ever possible in Iraqi and why it was no longer possible after 1963. It concludes with a discussion of poetry and dissent in contemporary Iraqi society.

Keywords:   poetry, nationalism, intellectual life, Iraqi politics, politics and literature, politics and culture, popular culture, communism

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