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.
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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
Could it be this one?
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