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Do you understand poetry?


Am I the only one who has a difficult time understanding poetry? I try to get the hidden meanings of words and phrases, but alas, many times I am left scratching my head. While I do read and comment on poems, I also find many that are hard to get through. Is that the nature of the beast or is it just me? I must confess, I am not a poet and I marvel at those who have and express that talent.

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    Dennis L. Page (pagesvoice) 4 years ago

    I love the analogy you gave between fine art and wine. I appreciate art, yet when it comes to wine I am clueless about swirling and sniffing it, nor do I know what a full body wine is. However, I will still have a glass. LOL

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    Dennis L. Page (pagesvoice) 4 years ago

    When you wrote, "they go right over my head," I started laughing because that is exactly how I feel. Don't get me wrong, many poems I feel the meaning, but many more I'm lost.

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    Dennis L. Page (pagesvoice) 4 years ago

    "If it touches you then you can relate to the poem you are reading." I get that comment, yet somehow I usually feel as though I am too shallow or not well versed enough to understand the real meaning.

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    Dennis L. Page (pagesvoice) 4 years ago

    Thank you for your explanation. For me, I can write a paragraph in a story and weave a pattern that you speak of above. However, for me to do the same thing in the form of a poem...well, needless to say, I am hopelessly lost.

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