These are people who are capable of devotion, public devotion, to justice. They meant what they said and every day that passes, they mean it more.
The most alarming sign of the state of our society now is that our leaders have the courage to sacrifice the lives of young people in war, but have not the courage to tell us that we must be less greedy and less wasteful.
It is wrong to condemn people for doing a thing and then offer no alternative but failure. A person could get mad about that.
We know enough of our own history by now to be aware that people exploit what they have merely concluded to be of value, but they defend what they love. To defend what we love we need a particularizing language, for we love what we particularly know.
The poem is important, but not more than the people whose survival it serves...