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Virtues of Renewal: Wendell Berry's Sustainable Forms

Jeffrey Bilbro


Over the past fifty years, Wendell Berry has been arguing that our most pressing ecological and cultural need is a renewed formal intelligence. Such an intelligence does not look for big, one-size-fits-all solutions. Rather, it discerns and fosters patterns of health. When W. H. Auden famously declared that “poetry makes nothing happen,” he was correct that poetry, like the other arts, doesn’t coerce matter in the way that a tractor or an oil rig or a bomb does. Yet poetry is “a way of happening,” its beauty shaping readers’ imaginations to better perceive and understand formal patterns. Such ... More

Keywords: Wendell Berry, sustainability, virtues, ecological ethics, poetry, forms, renewal

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780813176406
Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2019 DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813176406.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jeffrey Bilbro, author
Spring Arbor University

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