The Only Tool Needed To “Get” Poetry

I spent most of yesterday afternoon and evening sick in bed. My bedside companion was not Nurse Nightingale, but Matthew Zapruder's book, Why Poetry. Books read when your fogged brain has one lobe in Kubla Khan's rich-scented gardens are always memorable, and this one distracted me mightily despite my dizzy spells and headache. I plan … Continue reading The Only Tool Needed To “Get” Poetry

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Who Gets to Determine a Poem’s Meaning?

In a 2005 press release upon the death of one of their own former professors, Louise Rosenblatt, New York University¬†published an obituary that included these words about Rosenblatt's pioneering work on reading theory: "While teaching literature to college students, [Rosenblatt] developed an approach that broke with the dominant academic model (the New Criticism), which elevated … Continue reading Who Gets to Determine a Poem’s Meaning?