Link Love: Persecuting Poetry

Hop over to this post on reading poetry by Tony Woodlief:  The trouble with poetry

Can you think of a more accurate description for students’ treatment of poetry (or prose) analysis?

“But all they want to do
is tie the poem to a chair with rope
and torture a confession out of it.

They begin beating it with a hose
to find out what it really means.”

        –   Introduction to Poetry by Billy Collins

Mr. Woodlief is a favorite columnist. He writes occasionally for World Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, and other publications, just authored a book, and keeps a blog at Sand in the Gears.

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