In the preface to Bulfinch's "Greek and Roman Mythology: The Age of Fable," it is written: "… literature is one of the best allies of virtue and promoters of happiness."
The "Age of Fable" was published in 1855, a time when literature — especially poetry — was more appreciated than it is today.
Other nations revere their poets. The USA did not even have a hall of fame until a few years ago.
Earlier, however, the U.S. Postal Service began honoring our naiton's poets with its American poet postage stamp series. Among those honored have been Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Edna St. Vincent Millay, T.S. Eliot and Marianne Moore.
Those who enjoy poetry are being asked to "visit www.poets.org to nominate a poet for a future stamp and sign a petition for more stamps featuring American poets."