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.