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April 24th, 2015, 01:55 PM
Teaching Poetry

‘I take it you have read some poetry Bill?’
‘Well, bits and pieces like’.
‘Such as?’
‘Er- one by that sailor bloke, forget his name, I must go down to the sea again—‘
‘Yes, yes. John Masefield, that’s old tat now Bill; poetry today is all from the modernist and post modernist school, it’s like this. The poet writes a poem then it’s up to the reader to make sense of it. Now, I downloaded the latest poem by Sebastian Peasemold, read it through and tell me what you think’.

‘Its gibberish’
‘Yes of course its gibberish but its intelligent gibberish’
‘Oh right’
‘Some call it Do it Yourself Poetry without a construction manual’
‘Sounds bloody hard to me mate’
‘Yes well, sometimes you have to move your mind to another dimension’
‘Beryl says I’ve got enough trouble living in this one’
‘Never mind, what does this line mean to you? Goats conventionally emblemize lust’.
‘Randy goats’?
‘No, you can’t take the meaning from how it’s written. Look, take it home with you and I’ll give you a bell next week’.

A week later.

‘Hullo Bill, its Cyril, about the poem, you got the meaning’?
‘Thought so, simple wasn’t it. A mimetic representation is merely a representation of a social construct’.
‘I didn’t get that’
‘No? What did you get’?
‘How the bloody hell did you get coconuts’?
‘Line 24. Answers lay in the kernel of my palm-- Kernel=nut, Palm= palm trees,= coconuts’. easy peasy
‘Bill, you’re a bloody Philistine’.

April 24th, 2015, 02:30 PM
The conflict between practical understanding and self-promoting intellectualizing as I see it :-)
Is this a parable from the book of Carousel?

Would you mind terribly if this little gem were moved to Humor?

April 24th, 2015, 03:01 PM
No of course not.

April 24th, 2015, 03:57 PM
Love it...

May 4th, 2015, 06:42 PM
teaching poetry, the eternal struggle, too often an exercise in futility....i love this!

May 27th, 2015, 10:16 PM
The dilemma I as a simple not overly educated working man face when confronted with intellectualized art,is he/she pulling my leg ?,genuine and accurate interpretation or the emperors new clothes ?.
Maybe as with most things,it's not simply black and white and the answer is to be found in the shades of grey.
Now where does my wife keep that mucky book.

June 3rd, 2015, 08:53 AM
Sometimes it's difficult to know what strategies would actually work. Maybe you need to reflect first :)

June 3rd, 2015, 12:28 PM
enjoyed the dialogue and the piece in general..cool