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Poem about analyzing poetry
Posted by: LuckiStar2 (---.proxy.aol.com)
Date: July 07, 2004 11:21PM

Sometime in college I was read a poem about analyzing poetry and how sometimes you jut need to read a poem and enjoy it without picking it apart.

I cannot remember the author or the title but I know somewhere in the poem it mentions tying up a poem and beating it with a stick to symbolize the way poems are tortured for meaning.

Any suggestions?

Please e-mail me.

Carly
LuckiStar2@aol.com


Re: Poem about analyzing poetry
Posted by: lg (---.trlck.ca.charter.com)
Date: July 08, 2004 12:15AM

Lucky, I think I have read that poem somewhere, though I can't recall just where: Here's a relevant quote by Dylan Thomas

I am still at the mercy of words, though sometimes now, knowing
a little of their behavior very well, I think I can influence them
slightly and have even learned to beat them now and then,
which they appear to enjoy.
- Dylan Thomas


Re: Poem about analyzing poetry
Posted by: Pam Adams (---.bus.csupomona.edu)
Date: July 08, 2004 12:54PM

Could it be this one?

pam

Introduction to Poetry

I ask them to take a poem
and hold it up to the light
like a color slide

or press an ear against its hive.

I say drop a mouse into a poem
and watch him probe his way out,

or walk inside the poem's room
and feel the walls for a light switch.

I want them to waterski
across the surface of a poem
waving at the author's name on the shore.

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.

-- Billy Collins




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