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In his elegy, "In Memory of W.B. Yeats," written in 1939, English poet W.H. Auden claimed that "poetry makes nothing happen." He went on: "it survives / In the valley of its saying where executives /'d never want to tamper " The studied ambiguity of Auden's lines makes it possible to read his significance in a variety of means. Mourning the passing of a fellow poet, Auden may be lamenting the best futility of Yeats' life and art (and by implication his own). What might be less relevant to the world of "executives" and meaningful activity or social change than poetry? If it merely "survives" in isolation, within its own restricted "valley" of spoken or written artwork, how important would it actually be to the larger world? But the notion that "poetry makes nothing happen" can be known in a rather different manner. The power of art is the fact that it generates some thing, some sort of happening, out of an apparent void. Art makes happen what once had been nothing. Moreover, precisely because "executives /'d never want to tamper" with its saying, it operates in a privileged position, not as probable than other types of term to be co-opted or jeopardized by commercial profit or political advantage or other sociological factors that executives could bring to their conclusion. Taking "poetry" to stay in for any/all creative artwork, how would you know Auden's provocative announcement? Page 2 The line of W. H. Auden's, "Poetry makes nothing happen," that we see in "In Memory of W.B. Yeats," is without a doubt equally an important announcement about contemporary poetry and one of the most significant lines to be found within contemporary poetry. It not only appears to denounce poetry as a representative of social consequence, but, upon closer scrutiny,.