Quantcast
The New Mexican's Weekly Magazine of Arts, Entertainment & Culture Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Poetry in Santa Fe: How to not understand poetry

Print
Font Size:
Default font size
Larger font size

Posted: Friday, January 10, 2014 12:45 am | Updated: 5:39 pm, Thu Feb 6, 2014.

Who decided you had to understand a poem to enjoy it? A high school teacher? That college English professor? How many of us have excused the fact that we don’t read contemporary poetry by saying we don’t understand it, as if getting it were key?

But guess what — you don’t have to get it to get a laugh, feel the desperation and delight, or identify with other bits and pieces of a poem. In fact, you can’t understand poetry, not in any perfect way, just as you can’t completely understand a painting, an art film, or a piece of instrumental music. The whole idea of a single, agreed-on understanding of a poem does more harm than good by scaring people away. Poetry’s not a puzzle. It’s an experience.

Subscription Required

An online service is needed to view this article in its entirety. You need an online service to view this article in its entirety.

Have an online subscription?

Login Now

Need an online subscription?

Subscribe

Login

You must login to view the full content on this page.

Thank you for reading 5 free articles on our site. You can come back at the end of your 30-day period for another 5 free articles, or you can get complete access to the online edition for $2.49 a week. If you need help, please contact our office at 505-986-3010 You need an online service to view this article in its entirety.

Have an online subscription?

Login Now

Need an online subscription?

Subscribe

Login

More about

More about

More about

Rules of Conduct

  • 1 No Alias Commenters must use their real names.
  • 2 Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
  • 3 Don't Threaten or Abuse. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated. and please turn off caps lock.
  • 4 Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.

Welcome to the discussion.

1 comment:

  • Giuseppi Martino Buonaiuto posted at 1:19 pm on Thu, Jan 16, 2014.

    Giuseppi Martino Buonaiuto Posts: 1

    “Selfie”

    by Giuseppi Martino Buonaiuto

    The OED’s recent "selfie" announcement
    Seems to be a perfect distillation of
    Isolation,
    Disconnectedness &
    Self-love.
    Less a Rembrandt self-portrait
    Than self-evidence of friendlessness,
    More a statement of self-absorption,
    Worse than narcissism:
    Cellphone Onanism;
    Whacking off by Droid.

     
default avatar
Welcome to the site! Login or Signup below.
|
Not you?||
Logout|My Settings

FOLLOW US

Advertisement