Is the viral hit song from Oliver Anthony actually any good? Does that matter? The short answer is that, yes, the song is quite good and that’s why it’s on its way to being a populist anthem. But of course “artistically good” and “politically fair” need not equate.
Jack Mitchell (www.jackmitchell.ca) is a poet and scholar based in Halifax, where he is an associate professor of Classics at Dalhousie. His latest book, "The Odyssey of Star Wars: an Epic Poem", a retelling of the original Star Wars film trilogy, was published in September 2021 by Abrams Books.