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(10/17/2012 1:32:00 AM)
Why is it that I see so many great poems - that is to say, the classics composed by the dead masters - given such low ratings?I'm well aware that even the great poets of the past wrote tons of garbage, but I'm seeing truly great poems trashed on this website, and I want to hear your opinions as to why that is. Is it the case that frustrated mediocrity is troubled by greatness?Is it the case of young students who have to read poetry they hate for the sake of their assignments?Or just mindless mockery of the illiterate, who have no sense of the truly beautiful?Or a combination of these?If the average for, say, Keats' great odes is about 6.5, what then merits a 9 or 10? The average for Whitman's best poems is, at most,6.5 as well. Another point to consider: It might make more sense to leave a thoughtful comment about why one thinks a poem works or does not, what are the poems strengths and weaknesses, rather than to rate it. A number alone is cheap, vulgar. But constructive criticism is useful and can contribute to an understanding of what makes a poem " good" . Any thoughts?