Comments: 4
BrokenTune 4 months ago
Great post! I love poetry, too. In a way poetry is harder work, tho, not because of the deciphering element you mention but because it is so much easier to find recommendations and information about works of prose. Poetry is just not as well promoted, not is it really possible to recommend poetry to someone - other than by offering examples - simply because reading and understanding poetry is such a subjective experience.
learn by going 4 months ago
It's a bit of a self-fulfilling prophecy: poetry isn't promoted as much because it makes less money, and it makes less money in part because it's not promoted. You definitely have to do more work to seek it out, though I'm not sure I'd say poetry is more of a subjective experience than reading prose. Maybe the impression is that meaning is more up for grabs in poetry.
Debbie's Spurts 4 months ago
The age of poetry (and other arts) taught in our public school system can almost make them a foreign language, add in the type of teaching where you have to puzzle out what the teacher wants you to find/say about the poem rather than appreciating what everyone "sees" ...

I say that loving some of the old poems (even Shakesoeare, Shelley, Dickinson...) and even the feel for their "language." But, poetry is not well taught here in U.S. Poems I loved I have really loathed studying in class.
learn by going 4 months ago
Sadly true. I got into poetry just reading an anthology I found at my grandfather's house after he passed (he taught high school English).