Wednesday, April 10, 2013

If Poetry is in trouble, who is to blame: Readers or Poets?

Reading poetry shouldn’t be like looking for a needle in a haystack says Diane in a recent post in the WSJ.

Do we really need to ask ourselves why too many people, young and old, don’t like poetry? Poetry has been treated poorly because of the constant demand to analyze and examine it. Why not treat a poem as it wishes to be treated—as a gift which delights the senses—the way the words sound, the way the poem looks on a page, the feelings the poem summons. There is no quicker way to extinguish the pleasure of poetry than to ask what a poem means. On the other hand, would it be so blasphemous to suggest that some poets write in a way that demands deconstruction by a code breaker and are part of the reason people don’t like poetry?

Good poetry is not difficult to love, enjoy this poem by Ogden Nash:

I find it very difficult to enthuse
Over the current news.
Just when you think that at least the outlook is so black that it can grow no blacker, it worsens,
And that is why I do not like the news, because there has never been an era when so many things were going so right for so many of the wrong persons

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