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Posted: Wed Jan 05, 2005 3:34 pm
Scott Mc
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I am not a poet, even though I have tried a couple of times. I was wondering, is it impolite or in bad form to ask a poet to explain some of his or her poetry?

My question is prompted after visiting Indie's blog. I really enjoy reading your posts Indie, but my poetically-handicapped mind had a difficult time interpreting some of the poems. I don't mean that in any detrimental way to the poetry, because I am a fairly non-abstract processor.


By the way, if any others of you have a blog, include it in your profile, so more people can check out what you have to say. [I don't have one by the way...do what I say, and not what I do! Very Happy ]

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Posted: Wed Jan 05, 2005 9:43 pm
astrotoby
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I hate to say it but you're screwed, unfortunately. Poetic theory and analysis requires many many post secondary credit hours filled with vague and impossible concepts which you must master, especially deconstructionism, if I remember correctly.

Only after a person has endured the utter misery of deconstructionism are they ready to properly analyze a poem. The rest of the mere mortals are, as I said earlier, screwed. Pardon my English.

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Posted: Wed Jan 05, 2005 10:51 pm
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Ah, do as I say, not as I do. My mother's favorite line.

Explaining poetry renders it banal. However, if you call it explicating while pretending to know what Toby is talking about then it is ok.

I would be perfectly happy to discuss my poetry with you.

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