Shelley claimed, in A Defence of Poetry, that poets are the "unacknowledged legislators of the world." Postmodern politics accepts this as a major justification for a very extreme tolerance of political satire in every viable democracy. Poets, in effect, offer us checks and balances over ultrarational governance or the other extreme, a loyalistic single command hierarchy.

Troll poetry speaks truth to power and, as Shelley thought, advances the cause of life, by deep framing, by fixing new moral grammar, by embedding trollish verbs into our neutral vocabulary - making it a New Troll vocabulary useful to dialogue about life.

Did a troll bard write this? You decide!