How can I learn to read poetry? It seems like an impossible task, especially the allusion-heavy stuff. Now you'll tell me "you don't need to get every allusion to appreciate the poem!", and in a sense you are right, but I can't shake the feeling that I'm missing out on something.
I always think the best way to get into anything is to experience, at least superficially, many aspects of that medium from every era, to just develop a taste for it. Continue from there. Especially easy to do this with poetry considering their general length. From that point you learn more about what influenced the poet you like and gradually develop an interest or respect for pieces you didn't have before.
Don't feel like you have to start at Homer then read everything chronologically.
you can't teach yourself to do it, you MUST read criticism. but, for a start, you're going to have to learn how to read again, most people look at a poem and have no idea how it should sound, pausing at the end of every line and stressing at random. there are plenty of resources out there to practice reading (poetryoutloud.com or something like that), but you have to to be able to hear the poem (don't have to do it out loud but it helps a lot) before you can really understand it. things like structure and meter and rhythm are just as important as the diction, don't pay too much attention to the words. oh and if you aren't 100% sure of what a word means LOOK IT UP (OED only), a poet never approximates, each word is chosen for a reason and you have to know what it means to figure that out.
I started with Harold Bloom's Anthology called The Best Poems of the English Language. I also had a professor who recommended a book called Sound and Form in Modern Poetry by Pinsky. Both books have further reading suggestions in the introductions, so once I finish the Pinsky book I move on to something he recommended and so on and so on all while making my way through Bloom's anthology.
Poetry is fucking difficult to fully grasp, just try to get as much as you can.
Get out of your house.
Flowers are little sticks coming from plants with colorful leaves in radial symmetry, the moon is that led display at night and it turns on and off at a 28 days cycle, they are considered beautiful. Death is like a game over, but it's forever. Love is a more complicated thing, you are too late to understand it.
Not OP, but can anyone recommend me an authoritative text on the literal, actual techniques in poetry? Pentameter and the reason behind
Abrupt line changes mid sentence, I wasn't
ever taught what purpose it serves outside of fulfilling rhyme scheme or meter or such. The nitty gritty behind poems and perhaps a history too.
I'm a fucking philistine when it comes to poetry and it really irks me. I took the achievement SAT tests a long while back and tripped up on some questions regarding poetry, so here I am. I just want to understand enough to be able to dissect most every technique I come across in 19th/early 20th century poetry and to no longer balk when I don't understand the reason behind something as fundamental as the structure behind the poem outside of stanzas and couplets and all the other basic bullshit one learns as a child.
Not particularly, although if you're not familiar with Christian theology you should be, obviously. Blake was a Jesus freak, and both his visual art
which I personally think is dreadful, i don't know why he thought "flesh and pale vomit and co" was a good color scheme for every single pieceand poetry both show it.
well it's either a translation, learning latin, or reading nothing at all. which do you think is the better choice, considering your options?
the very fact that there's a line forces you to pause there and then move your eyes to the next. the very fact that rhymes are done at the end of lines slows you down as well as you feel the impact of the rhyme.
that other guy is retarded and probably reads poetry like prose. the line is the unit of poetry.