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  1. Gale A. Molinari · January 24, 2015

    Reblogged this on Philosopher Poet with Dreams.

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  2. Joanne Corey · January 25, 2015

    I recently joined a poetry critique group and we were discussing the place of mystery in poetry. Even when I am writing about a personal experience, I try to leave room for the reader to bring their own personal experience to the poem. It is fascinating to hear about the different meanings that others bring to a poem, even when those are very different from my own perspective.

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    • Gale A. Molinari · January 25, 2015

      Poetry is an art and as an art it envelopes the soul of the artist. It then involves the reader in the art. Who really knows what Shakespeare had in mind with a lot of his writing or Poe? Any of the great poets? That is what makes it poetry. Without mystery it might as well be an essay. I am glad you understand. It is funny today but when I was a teen I would actually get angry with teachers that would ask us to dissect a poem. Too me it was like dissecting a living being.

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      • Joanne Corey · January 25, 2015

        In a way, the approach to a poem is similar to that of a spiritual text. The meaning and interpretation and metaphor relate not only to their time of composition but also to the time and circumstance of the reader.

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      • Gale A. Molinari · January 26, 2015

        Exactly my point. Someone reading Shakespeare today misses the delicious bawdieness of some of his work.

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  3. Joanne Corey · January 25, 2015

    Reblogged this on Top of JC's Mind and commented:
    Thanks to Gale for posting this. I also believe that the experience of reading/hearing is central to poetry. I always try to leave some mystery in a poem to which readers can bring their own personal meaning.

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