Kent is 100% correct in his assessment and the historical significance of Melville-as-poet. I am tempted to say, so I say, that any poet worth a damn should be in agreement with the assessment. Go and read Clarel!
M.F.A. Writing programs are and remain ruinous to poetry by commodifying it with careerist attitudes and agendas.. One watches the magazines and reads, again and again, the works of workshop clones after workshop clones after workshop clones, ad nauseam!