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!