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Ahmadinejad says poetry is emotional expression of justice seeking [Iran]:
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said poetry is the emotional expression of justice seeking, God worshiping and love as the the three divine and human exalted values.

Addressing a group of scholars attending a seminar in Tehran to honor Iranian classical poet Beedel Dehlavi, the president said Iranian and Islamic civilization has nourished prominent personalities and has been a center for manifestation of exalted values. [...]
Let me look at that again. Poetry is the emotional expression of
  • justice seeking,
  • God worshiping and
  • love
as the the three divine and human exalted values.

Is it better to have an artless, intellectually incurious leader, or to have one who has firm opinions on the purpose of poetry? In India, Manmohan Singh quotes Oliver Goldsmith, but he doesn't make any declarations about what poetry is.
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