Teach me to poem
March 5, 2014 7:24 AM Subscribe
Can anyone recommend a good poetry primer?
posted by Nelson to Writing & Language (14 answers total) 26 users marked this as a favorite
Metafilter's recent discussion of Auden
has moved me to try to re-consider poetry. I haven't read poetry seriously in nearly 25 years after a couple of years of high school English totally ruined it for me. Dry poems
overanalyzed as student exercises, all effort and no joy.
I'd like to read some poems. English language poems, well chosen, presumably classics but things picked because they are fun or accessible as much as they are the Great Canon. More importantly I'd like to read a book of poems with analysis, with expository text alongside the poem that explains nuances a casual reader will miss. In high school I read some Shakespeare editions like this that I liked, every left page was the original text and every right page was notes explaining the language and references. It helped. (OTOH I also remember spending a whole class in high school English working over the symbolism of the red rock in The Waste Land; possible to dwell too much!)
Sadly I have the attention span of your typical Internet-addicted multitasker. I'd love to relearn the skill of reading something dense, carefully, slowly.