For #worldpoetryday: the oral-poets of the Odyssey. Phemius on Ithaca, and Demodocus on Scheria. They tell of an interestingly narrow array of poetry topics: arguing, fighting, troubled home-comings, and divine adultery.
Penelope begs Phemius to sing something else:
please, Phemius! You know so many songs,
enchanting tales of things that gods and men
have done, the deeds that singers publicize...
Stop this upsetting song that always breaks
my heart, so I can hardly bear my grief".
But Telemachus roughly contradicts her:
"You must not criticize the loyal bard
for singing as it pleases him to sing.
Poets are not to blame for how things are...
The newest song is always praised the most.
So steel your heart to listen to this song."
The Homeric moral: read, write and listen to more poetry. It connects you to the real and imagined past. It helps you see different points of view. It can be upsetting. It can be enchanting or honeysweet. One day, it might save your marriage, or your life.