Reading a Poem: 20 Strategies A guide for the perplexed by Mark Yakich
At one time or another, when face-to-face with a poem, most everyone has
been perplexed. The experience of reading a poem itself is as likely to
turn us off, intellectually or emotionally, as it is to move us. Unless
patronized by celebrities, set to music, accompanied by visuals, or
penned by our own children, poems do a terrible job of marketing
themselves. All those ragged lines and affected white spaces make them
appear as though they should be treated only as pieces of solemn art. Look but don’t get too close, and definitely don’t touch.
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