Wednesday, April 18, 2012


Just as a working hypothesis: if your readers are arguing about the paraphrasable content of your poem, your poem is not a success. What's the first thing you think about when you think of, say, "Sunday Morning"? "Death isn't really the mother of beauty -- that's a neo-capitalist platitude, designed to distract labor from its dire plight"? No, I didn't think so. Or "Leda and the Swan" -- "If the campus administrators had issued her a really powerful whistle and properly trained her in Krav Maga, this could all have been avoided"? No?

1 comment:

Richard Epstein said...

Or, as Rebecca quoted in her blog the other day,

Meaning in the poem is the meat the thief brings with him to distract the guard dog while he goes about his actual business.
~T.S. Eliot