The Purpose of Poetry

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Sabri, S. “The Purpose of Poetry”. The Journal of Bahá’í Studies, vol. 1, no. 1, Mar. 1988, pp. 39-58, doi:10.31581/jbs-1.1.5(1988).


This paper seeks out justifications for the work of Bahá’í artists of our time. It argues that now is the time for Bahá’í artists to begin working towards the flowering of our civilization. It argues for art as a unifying force which can create links of understanding between the believers. It suggests that art, and poetry in particular, provides a means of approaching the spiritual or intellectual reality which underlies material existence. It is intended as an appeal to Bahá’í poets and to artists of all disciplines.
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Copyright © 1988 Shirin Sabri