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 to find 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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3 thoughts on “How to Read Poetry – by Melissa Donovan…

  1. There are good points in the original post. However, above all, one should read poetry for pleasure. If the reading of poetry becomes a mere chore then, in my view the benefits will be marginal (if any). Best wishes. Kevin

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