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Over-Analysis of Poetry?

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Poetry is over-anylized and meanings are found that may not have been intended, distracting from the actual poem and its beauty.


Submitted:Jan 6, 2010    Reads: 204    Comments: 1    Likes: 1   


In English class, which poetry is most analyzed? Most of the poetry that is read is written by adults or the elderly. There are countless hours spent finding the mood, tone, and meaning of the work. My question is, what if they just wanted to write a poem about winter? What if they just wanted to write a poem about the large tree in their backyard? Is it right that we try to analyze this poetry? How do we know for certain that we're not making the poem something it's not?

Teen authors of poetry get to the point quickly, and a lot of the poems can be taken at face-value (though deeper meanings can be there, but are also easier to find). What is the difference between teen authors and adult authors? The only difference I see is maturity (sometimes) and life-experience, as well as that adult poets are often paid and teens are not. Even so, would this really change that adult poetry seems to have such a deep meaning that you have to search and search for, picking out one word at a time?

Back to the mention of a poet writing a poem about winter. Couldn't the poet just be writing about winter? I mean, okay, there is the possibility of a deeper meaning, but does there have to be? It seems that, these days, everybody tries to find a deep meaning in poetry. What if it's just about winter? Why does somebody have to analyze it in a way that makes it about family or about everybody being different (or something such as that)?

The point is, people should look at things as face-value as well, not just "Oh, it's a poem, it must have a deep meaning hidden underneath the surface." It's the over-analysis that teachers demonstrate and force upon students that promotes teens to not read or write while also murdering the real beauty of the poem.





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