Poetry Struggles

The poetry article I’m writing will be the worst article known to humanity. I’m 5,000 painful words in, and only now something resembling an analysis of a literary text started to appear. The article is supposed to be 7,000 words, so I’m screwed.

The only upside is that the due date is April 30, so there’s an end in sight to this suffering.

I should have never agreed to write about poetry. I was never taught to analyze poetry, and I’m trying to learn as I go. Why I agreed when I know I’m useless? Vanity! It’s the vanity that got the better of me. As always.

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8 thoughts on “Poetry Struggles”

  1. Poetry analysis is intuitive for me, but I find it difficult to gather my analyses into something as cohesive as a paper. It has nothing to do with the actual analysis, but with the fact that there are so many ideas in such a small space. I don’t have this problem with other literature, since it’s relatively easy to stick to one or two facets of an analysis.

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      1. Try doing song analysis of topical songs from the ’60s and ’70s.
        A week later you’ll find yourself either disagreeing with what you wrote or kicking yourself over other “obvious” lyrical aspects you overlooked.

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  2. Hubris!!
    Humanity’s greatest sin!!
    Did you know that’s what actually got Adam and Eve kicked out of the garden? Thinking they were “smart enough” to start taking control of their own lives and making their own rules and judgments. They “didn’t need God anymore”.

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  3. Hear and rejoice! AOC may be tweeting less soon.

    Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, whose mastery of social media has helped drive the national conversation and shed light on the inner workings of congressional power, has given up on the most popular social network in the world.

    In an interview Sunday with the Yahoo News podcast “Skullduggery,” the New York Democrat said she stopped using her Facebook account and was scaling back on all social media, which she described as a “public health risk” because it can lead to “increased isolation, depression, anxiety, addiction, escapism.”

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    1. Yes, isolation, depression, anxiety, addiction, escapism—all unheard of until the internet became commercially available to the average consumer beginning in the 1990s
      Like, who was ever depressed in the 1960s? Or didn’t engage in escapism via television, radio, records, hi-fi/stereo, or comics and magazines?

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      1. It was never to this extent. I gave really scary stats on the soaring rates of teen and even pre-teen suicide attempts in the years since smartphones became ubiquitous. The rise is dramatic.

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