I’ve spoken to people lately, smarter people than I, who have said “I don’t understand poetry”. This is strange. I can understand if people don’t enjoy poetry, or even don’t enjoy my poetry; after all if everybody enjoyed my poetry I wouldn’t be working my day job. I don’t understand how people say they don’t understand.
Poetry is a series of words constructed in a meaningful way. It is not chemistry, economics or physics. You don’t have to be smart to understand it, you simply have to be literate. The mechanics of poetry; dactyls, iambs and trochees can be difficult to get your head around but I don’t write with those in mind. I doubt many people do. The only people who care about dactylic hexameter are first year bachelors students.
There is surface meaning to all poetry, often there is also wordplay and sometimes meaning to be inferred from word choices and rhythm. I don’t understand how you don’t understand.
“Sit down and drink this, comfortably numb” when I write this I am not speaking of 11th century Dagestani agrarian welfare reforms. You don’t need any specialist knowledge.
You don’t have to be Will Hunting.
Oh and why, whenever I express an opinion, is it considered a rant? Why? Huh? Huh?! ANSWER ME!!!