[Milton-L] Re: Books, documents and texts
jrovira at drew.edu
Mon Dec 13 12:48:20 EST 2004
It could be that the author thinks what "passes for poetry" should be
more narrowly defined -- that some prose is being passed off as poetry,
and shouldn't even be given notice as "bad poetry," but simply
recognized as prose.
A sonnet is a clearly recognizable poetic form, for example. It's not
too hard to tell the difference between a very good sonnet and a very
bad one, but there's no question that in both cases there's some kind of
attempt to write a poem. I suspect that the author quoted below feels
that there is some question about this in some cases. I've seen it
myself -- read a piece, and thought, isn't this really an essay?
PS Merry Christmas, Mr. Cox.
Carrol Cox wrote:
>>"Duran, Angelica" wrote:
>>on the other hand, "meaning" that is external to or prior
>>to language, as in much of contemporary writing that passes for
>>"poetry" is not poetry either.
>I don't understand this at all. And there is at least one serious
>logical flaw in it: to contrast "poetry" and "writing that passes for
>'poetry'" is to dissolve the difference between "good poetry" and "bad
>poetry" into a mystic conception of "true poetry."
>Keep the X in Xmas
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