1. Iain Aschendale

    Iain Aschendale Lying, dog-faced pony Marine Supporter Contributor

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    Article on understanding poetry

    Discussion in 'The Craft of Writing Poetry' started by Iain Aschendale, Jul 11, 2017.

    I'm not generally into poetry, which is why I found this article on it so interesting. Posting here is in no way intended to be a criticism of any member's work or style :)

    Understanding Poetry is More Straightforward Than You Think
     
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    Laurus Disappointed Idealist Contributor

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    Interesting. I liked this part:
    I've written poetry but a lot of it has felt kinda bullshit because I couldn't manage to be literal or really even clear. The author has a neat perspective though, I like the way she sees it.
     
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    Yeah, I agree with this 100%.

    I rather get annoyed with poets who think their work needs to be 'deep and complex.' -Not to say you can have things going on in the background-.

    The best poems offer something for both the average reader and for the reader wanting deep and complex.

    Julia Alvarez's How I learned to sweep, is a very simple, straightforward poem, but by the end of it, even the average reader will be left with a feeling of dread and sorrow. It is really the model of what good poetry should look like.
     
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