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Why Poetry by Matthew Zapruder
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Like Ben Lerner’s The Hatred of Poetry, this aims to refute the widespread belief that poetry is difficult and based on a hidden meaning that must be unearthed. Instead, Zapruder argues, it’s about the reader making their own connections in a sort of dreamlike state, such that the rhyming might not (just) be between sounds but between concepts you hadn’t thought to link before. He talks about form and content, and gives plenty of examples, mostly from American poetry—ranging from Whitman and Dickinson to Ashbery, Bishop and Stevens. Although I think this is more likely to appeal to people who already read and love poetry than it is to make new converts, it’s a convincing extended essay as well as a good introduction to the breadth of twentieth-century poetry.
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September 21, 2017 – Shelved
September 21, 2017 – Shelved as: poetry
September 21, 2017 – Shelved as: essays
September 21, 2017 – Shelved as: read-via-edelweiss
September 30, 2017 – Shelved as: on-hold
December 2, 2017 – Started Reading
December 19, 2017 – Shelved as: writers-and-writing
December 19, 2017 – Finished Reading

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