Does Poetry Have a Social Function?
Poetry, Jan2007, Vol. 189 Issue 4, p297-309. This article considers whether poetry has a social function. According to some authors, poetry's function depends on what and whose poetry is being discussed. On the other hand, some people think that focusing on the social utility of poetry is parallel to concentrating merely on the content of the composition. There are also those who consider poetry as not having any function beyond its own construction (Jackson's is one essay)