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Gnome AP Lit 2021
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October 10, 2020 8:02 pm  

@curtis I don't agree with the idea of poetry being held to a higher standard than prose. Yes, poetry is more emotional and it is presented in a more expressive way, but I don't think that means it is superior or to be held above prose at all. They are different and can't really be compared in that sense. They each have their own functions and qualities that make them what they are, but their differences doesn't make one better than the other. 

Initiate AP Lit 2021
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October 15, 2020 4:13 pm  


I agree that poetry and other literature are there for different purposes. With your thought that poetry is introspective, that could be a reason why Arnold values poetry more. That would allow him for find more answers in himself than searching for meaning in literature made for society's view. I hadn't thought of that idea of their differences before but I definitely see now how their purposes pose different meanings. 

Disciple AP Lit 2021
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October 16, 2020 8:37 pm  

@persephone me too. I have never really given poetry a chance because I have always found it boring and difficult. These two things together completely repelled me away from the topic altogether. But since I am in this class, it has opened me a lot to literature and especially poetry, and I am able to actually understand what I am reading now. This makes poetry so much more enjoyable!

Disciple AP Lit 2021
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October 16, 2020 9:08 pm  

@gardella I think that your description of how you struggle with poetry is one that a lot of us can empathize with. For e personally, when reading poetry I just try and overanalyze it. I know that I am used to reading prose, which I think has metaphors and hidden meanings that are much more spread out, which I think makes prose easier to understand because when I do come across something I think might have more than a surface level meaning, have more information that is easier for me to apply to whatever I'm trying to analyze. When I read poetry, because the metaphors and representations are often in much higher quantities and much closer together, I try and overanalyze it, so that even if I miss some small meaning here or there, because I am looking for meaning in every word I think that I can get a lot more meaning out of a piece of poetry.

Disciple AP Lit 2021
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October 16, 2020 10:44 pm  

Poetry has not had a deep impact in my reading life, mainly because the way we were taught to read poetry was to think of the author as the narrator and not a storyteller. Since we were young, we were indoctrinated by the Texas school system to view poems this way. Just up until now my eyes were open and the veil placed upon was lifted. My mind was freed and due to this I enjoyed mending wall much more than I would've with the restrictions I was taught. 

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October 16, 2020 10:49 pm  

@msar That is very interesting, because I've always learned to see it the opposite: poetry is the artsy emotional expression, and prose is the more rigid narration. I wonder, is it a cultural difference between here and the south? But I absolutely agree, being able to see the speaker as less of an author and more of a character truly helped me enjoy some poems. 

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