Getting Personal: go on a mind trip or respect the poem?

 

London

Dear Dot,

Re: Anyone for Welks?

A couple of months ago I read I.A. Richards’ Practical Criticism. To write the book, Richards handed out poems, without titles, authors’ names, dates etc., to his students at Cambridge, and had them write critical responses to them. He then collated the responses, and through discussion of them diagnosed what he thought were the barriers that prevented people responding to poetry, and how they might be remedied.

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Poetry as Gifts

London

Dear Dot,

Re: Qualitative Evidence

Coventry..

Your last post touched on some things I’ve been thinking about while working, as promised a while ago, on my poem as a gift, a thank-you to a friend for a brilliant weekend spent at her house. I remember on our undergrad course being given various tasks involving exposing general non-poets to our endeavours in surprise situations, but I always avoided them.

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The Poetic Ego Entranced

Coventry

Dear Dot,

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Well, time has gone where? Tonight, there’s a dance at Coventry’s EGO theatre company and arts hub, thanks to home grown world music DJ of great reputation. Perhaps because of that, perhaps because of being at the end of another, and a final undergraduate, poetry based university module, so feeling the chill of flying solo, I find myself considering about how poetry might relate to the concept of ego.

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Breaking out of competitive individualism

London

Dear Dot,

Re: Competitions

Coventry..

It’s strange, isn’t it, how along with daffodils etc. writers have competition season as a sign of Spring? My mind’s been turning the same way too, but I hadn’t really thought about it as a winder phenomenon until your post. I have to say, too, that, along with lighter evenings and warmer rain, the thought of getting geared up for some competition entries has been giving me a spring in my step, so I thought I’d play devil’s advocate a bit with your last week’s post.

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Is it better to do it than to talk about it?

Coventry

Dear Dot,

Re: The human flame: a night on the moors with Alice Oswald

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Is it better to do it than to talk about it?

Love The Thing in the Gap Stone Style. My favourite poem in that collection by Alice Oswald is the one through which the speaker careers a country lane on their bicycle. Would that feet- on- the- handlebars feeling be a little like being in love? Did my post fall upon another big occasion? Yes, the feast of St Valentine’s.

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