Poetry is HARD
This class, Modern & Contemporary American Poetry, is the hardest class I’ve taken in a very long time. Since Calculus?
Each section has readings, video, audio so there is a lot of work in that alone. And then there are the POETS. Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman were the easy starters—I thought it was lovely that I was actually reading and enjoying discussions about these major poets that I’ve only experienced in a few lines and a million references in my life. Emily takes a little work, Walt a lot of stamina but both are enjoyable, comprehensible and even meaningful.
Well, that didn’t last long. Very quickly we’ve reached Ezra Pound. Finally I thought. That oh so familiar name about whose life and work I have known nothing. And have been somewhat ashamed of that. Which of course will be true of almost every poet in this whole long…
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