Poetics and Poetry Discussion
(10/21/2013 2:26:00 PM)
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I came upon Elizabeth Bishop by way of reading some amazing poetry by James Merrill. I actually enjoyed her poem " The Sandpiper" very much. As a matter of fact I wanted to understand her poem so much that I discovered an excellent site called " poetry genius" which helps interpret unclear parts of poems as they are highlighted for more detailed interpretation or explanation. Once I resolved all that was unclear to me I walked away with even greater appreciation for masterful poetry. Having said all of that I still would prefer that my average reader " get" my message and get it emotionally without having to do all the work I had to and without a certain expectation regarding the reader's education or intellectual level. That is what I dislike about elitism. As you know, Bertholt Brecht decided to go with the masses and even moved to East Germany so he would live as he believed. There is simply a dilemma, that's all.Replies for this message:
(10/21/2013 5:45:00 PM)
All you guys are way too smart for me. Jeez!
(10/21/2013 3:59:00 PM)
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If you're reading Merrill, you're reading some of best and strongest poetry to have been written in the mid to late 20th century. Music, imagery, wit, its all abundantly there. -LP
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(10/21/2013 12:32:00 PM)
JC it's very unfair....to every " wannabe" u told keep READING and to this" Miky" you said WRITE...
Ahh it's pain in the neck...