Judging Art and Poetry: Quality or Identity?

How do you know if a work of art is good? How do you know if a poem is good? We are talking about something more than just “I like it.” I can like any number of things and at the same time realize it’s not really the best of its kind. I can also judge a work of art as being great while also not particularly liking it. This means artistic judgment must go beyond beauty merely being in the eye of the beholder. There have to be some kinds of standards by which to judge works as being good or bad, better or worse.

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Troy Camplin

Troy Camplin

I am the author of “Diaphysics” and the novel “Hear the Screams of the Butterfly.” I am a consultant, poet, playwright, novelist, and interdisciplinary scholar.