Poetry and the death of culture

We are a people now illiterate in a way that is unprecedented for the human race. We can decipher linguistic signs on a page, but we have no songs and immemorial stories in our hearts.—Anthony Esolen, Public Discourse

This paints a pretty bleak picture, but I think it’s probably accurate.

The question is, how do we get those stories and songs back? How do we work them into the soil of culture again?

I’m reading Makoto Fujimura’s book Culture Care: Reconnecting with Beauty for Our Common Life at the moment, and it might have some answers. I’ll report back when I’ve finished it.