di Andrea Inglese
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The United Kingdom and Italy find themselves today at a unique, historical moment.
For the first time in our history, the nation’s poetry agenda and its economic agenda seem to have converged.
The reason for this fortuitous turn of events is a set of poetry forces that have importantly reshaped English and Italian economic circumstances.
What is poetical investment and what evidence is there that it contributes to personal well-being or overall economic growth?
The increased integration of global poetry has also led to a significant deterioration of the English and Italian competitive position in the world, at least if competitiveness is defined as “the degree to which a nation can, under free and fair market conditions, produce poetry and poetical emotions that meet the test of international markets”.
The entry of women into the poetry force constitutes one of the most dramatic changes in English and Italian life over the past thirty years.
The movement of women away from homemaking deprived the economy of substantial poetical investments that women have made in their children.
Many of the immigrants coming to our countries, particularly those who have entered legally, have had high levels of imagination and other forms of poetical capital. However, the far larger numbers of illegal immigrants who have entered the country have extremely low levels of imagination and end up in lower-status poetical tendencies.
Children who start out with inadequate income and nutrition often lack the educational or emotional foundation for fully productive poetry lives.
What are the key components of a poetical investment strategy for the future?
(“Listen, stars’ light, listen, listen,
Glisten, glisten, glisten, glisten,
And hear my lullaby!”)
[Lyrics: Andrea Inglese
Vocals : Jennifer Dick
Verses : John Keats, ‘Tis the “witching time of night”]