Understanding Poetry Is More Straightforward Than You Think - Deepstash

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Poetry begins with reading the words of the poems

Poetry begins with reading the words of the poems

Poetry has a reputation for needing special training to appreciate it. In the classroom, poems were often taught as if they were riddles. We were taught that poetry is inherently "difficult" and that it makes meaning by hiding meaning.

Real progress begins when we get literal with the words in the poem. Pick a word that you find interesting in the poem, and start to investigate that word.

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Poetry makes language come alive

Younger poets tend to try and demonstrate their ability by being deliberately obscure, but they unlearn this habit in time.

Good poets do not complicate their poetry. They make poetry feel the words mean what they usually do in everyday life and then move the words into a more activated realm. The placement of the word in the poem can make language come alive and shine forth.

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