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While the World Sleeps Part 1 [Wednesday | 090804 | 00:32]
WHILE THE WORLD SLEEPS
by Ben Okri
'The poet is he who inspires far more
than he who is inspired.'
- Paul Eluard


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The world in which the poet lives does not necessarily yield up the poetic. In the hands of the poet, the world is resistant. It is only with the searching and the moulding that the unyielding world becomes transformed in a new medium of song and metaphor.

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While the World Sleeps Part 2 [Wednesday | 090804 | 00:39]
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Hunger is an antagonist. Different kinds of hunger. Society can be defined as the sphere in which all our hungers meet, as in a great chaotic marketplace. The poet's hunger is our hunger, which is far more life. We all feel that terrible pull sometimes. We are all being herded down, tricked along, illusory highways which seem to lead nowhere, except only to the grave. Did we choose our roads? Did our roads choose us? Did we arrive on them by proxy?

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While the World Sleeps Part 3 [Wednesday | 090804 | 00:52]
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Poets sing for all the world in one breast. They sing for all those who need the unique nourishment of the poetic. Poets may choose to align themselves with the wretched and the voiceless of thisplanet. They may not. But they must draw to themselves heaven's aid, for their calling is absorbing and demanding, rigorous as conscience and elusive as freedom. They could, if they choose (and their choice is dictated by the quality of their love) breathe unease on complacency, stir the meek against injustic, help the blind to see, and, to appropriate what Pascal said about the parables of Christ, blind those who can see. Where there is misery they might be moved to soothe, to rouse, to sing of revolt, to spread hope and deeper dreams of liberation.

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