Gateway Into Another’s Brain

Ah poems. We’ve all shed tears because of them-sometimes because they have an emotional effect and sometimes because they make us feel dumb.

Over the course of my time as a student, I have attempted to comprehend and to analyze several poems. Regardless of whether these attempts were successful or not, I used to think that poems were a nightmare and that a poet must be on drugs to write the deep and abstract texts that they can produce.  Maybe you have once thought the same thing.

In my case, I have many times read a poem and stared at it for five minutes, only to conclude that the poet was surely on hallucinogens, therefore, unless I have hallucinogens and can connect with the dead, the poem is incomprehensible. And the logic here is that when you can’t comprehend a poem, you can’t analyze it, thus the only thing left to DO is to switch to a haiKU.  OK. No. No need to change to a haiku.

Most poems are abstract and difficult to grasp, and I will admit that it is that mysterious and enigmatic side of a poem that makes it worthwhile and exceptional; yes, even if poem is not a haiku but is a 3 page poem from the 1800s, they have potential. There is something about getting to the heart of the enigma of a poem that is enlightening and rewarding, even if it takes 190 minutes to get there.

Perhaps this effect that poems have on us readers is in part due to the deliverance of their central message as often, poems end up being lively and profound. In this way, poems are important because they bring complexity to objects, events, issues, people, or phenomenons that we would usually see as “eh.” Some poets see death as terrifying, others anticipate it or even admire it; they all have their reasons and if we read their poems, we might understand. So join me in reading poems about anything and everything to see the world differently without the use of hallucinogens, or hitting your head somewhere!

5 thoughts on “Gateway Into Another’s Brain

  1. I love your frankness and humor in this post Tiffany! I can definitely relate with thinking poets are doing drugs and wanting to bang my head against things when I read poetry. I think you also did a good job of not totally hating on poetry, just admitting that it can be both challenging and rewarding. I would have liked to have heard more of what poetry means to you. Are there any poems you have read that have impacted you deeply? If so, why? I felt like those questions could have helped reveal more about your personal experiences with poetry. Great post though 🙂

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  2. Tiffany,
    I really love reading your blog posts because I always end up laughing, even if I am in the midst of a very bad day. You do a good job in communicating your thoughts in the way that YOU would. In other words, your personal voice shines through really well. I could especially relate to the part about wondering whether the poets were high when they wrote their poems 😉
    I love the link to ‘poems on death’ that is integrated in your post. I can really see the positive effect it has on your post: it provides some examples of poems that you mention, and it’s fun for the reader to interact.
    As for your content, I think you could make this post better by actually giving specific evidence or examples of some poems you find hard to understand. Also, in your first paragraph, the phrase behind the semicolon isn’t a full sentence when it should be. You could change the semicolon to a dash or a colon.
    Thank you for your honesty and humour in this post 🙂

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  3. Tiffany, your humour is fabulous. I love how you make a subject that does not always interest you very interesting to read. Well done. Secondly, I love how your title indirectly ties in to the post. The title by itself could mean a whole lot of things, but when I read your post I see where it fits in and I really like that! I also like how you draw in the reader by addressing them. It makes your post a lot less formal (so does the humour) and that works really well. Some little notes: In your last paragraph, “poems” is plural so it should be “poems have” not “poems has,” and I would go back and check your verb tenses! But really well done!

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  4. I like that you began with a counter-argument to the significance of poetry; I imagine that there are many many people who have the same attitude toward poetry as you have in your first three paragraphs. I also like your use of unusual capitalization in your third paragraph. The bolding of “poets see death” has a cool visual effect, but what exactly was your aim or motivation for doing so? Also, you say that poets “bring complexity to objects, events, […],” but I’d argue that poets instead reveal the complexity found in a person, place, or thing, etc.
    Well done Tiffany!

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