How to Read Poetry – by Melissa Donovan..

on Writing Forward:

Have you ever fallen in love with a song immediately upon hearing it? As soon as it’s over, you whip out your phone and purchase the song, and then you play it on repeat for the rest of the day until you know every note and lyric. It becomes your current favorite, your latest obsession.

That probably doesn’t happen very often.

Usually when you hear a new song, you feel ambivalent about it. You don’t want to jump out of your chair and start dancing. The song doesn’t make you bang your head. You can’t sing along. You don’t care if you ever hear it again. But then you do hear it again. And on the second listen, you realize, this song isn’t so bad. Then you hear it again and notice an interesting lyric or riff. Then you hear it again and find something in the song that truly speaks to you. After listening to it a dozen times, the song has become one of your favorite pieces of music.

Sometimes we fall in love instantly and other times, things need to grow on us.

The same is true with poetry.

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8 thoughts on “How to Read Poetry – by Melissa Donovan..

  1. Thanks for sharing this post, Chris. The fields on the comment form (on the original post) are not being picked up by my screen reader, hence I’m commenting here. Its a good post and makes some interesting points. I would add that (in my experience) its not a good idea to read a book of poetry from cover to cover in 1 sitting (assuming that its short enough to do so)! I’ve known readers who have done this and, whilst it may work for a short story, or a very short novel, it does not, in my experience work for poetry, as its important that each individual poem is savoured rather than the reader rushing on to read the next piece, without having fully appreciated the previous composition. I agree that its a good thing to analyse poetry (indeed I often find myself doing so subconsciously). However there is little point (unless one is at school or studying poetry) in analysing a poem if, by so doing one risks losing the enjoyment derived from the sheer pleasure of immersing oneself in the poem. I’d agree with Melisa’s point about not reading poetry (or indeed anything else of importance) when you are tired. Kevin

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