... is invoked by Patrick Kurp: I prefer not to. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)
I second this. Too many poets actually buy into Shelley's risible notion that poets are "the unacknowledged legislators of mankind" and assume that they possess some grand moral authority by virtue of their familiarity with meter and metaphor. It is interesting that Robert Conquest - a fine poet and a major historian who actually does have authority to speak out on matters of geopolitics (having been in his time a practicing diplomat) - tends to have opinions on such matters widely at variance with those of most other poets - who do not come close to having his expertise.