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Mike Acker Mike Acker Male, 61, Canada (10/21/2013 2:26:00 PM)

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Yes, Master.
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.

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  • Rookie - 72 Points Scotty Dogg (10/21/2013 5:45:00 PM) Post reply
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    All you guys are way too smart for me. Jeez!

  • Freshman - 837 Points Lamont Palmer (10/21/2013 3:59:00 PM) Post reply | Read 1 reply

    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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    • Freshman - 837 Points Mike Acker (10/21/2013 5:55:00 PM) Post reply | Read 1 reply

      James Merrill was a tough one to crack. It took me 2 hours just to feel that I have a sense of what he might be talking about in the poem " The Octopus" . Then on top of understanding ther ... more

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