Please be aware that my field of expertise is "Classic Poetry." I do not study and write about Hallmark-Card type verse, doggerel, or pornographic versification.
I assist students/readers in understanding the poems most widely studied in high school and college English classes, for example, Emily Dickinson's "Because I could not stop for death," A. E. Housman's "Loveliest of trees," Robert Frost's "The Road Not Taken," W. B. Yeats' "The Second Coming," Rabindranath Tagore's "The Journey," Robert Hayden's "Those Winter Sundays," Dana Gioia’s "Words." I direct students/readers to online poetry analyses and/or research sources.
I do not dispense advice on creative writing issues, such as critiquing poems or offering ideas for poems.
Something controversial or provocative about this subject:
Poetry is not so difficult . . . but the claim that "a poem can mean anything you want it to mean" is absurd . . . while there may be room for interpretation, poems are not like clay that you can shape into anything your choose . . . poets express feelings, thoughts, experience . . . the notion that anything a poet writes is as malleable as a piece of modeling clay is insulting and demonstrates ignorance of what poetry, nay language itself, is all about . . . language--including poetry and all other art forms--is about communication . . . if you denigrate "meaning" as a component of poetry, you fail to communicate . . . failure to communicate begins with the lazy mind . . .
2003 - present AllExperts volunteer
2006 - 2015 Suite101, later called Suite.io
2015 - present, writer at HubPages
Maya Shedd's Temple
1967 Miami University, B.A. Major in German
1971 Ball State University M.A. German/English
1984 Ball State University M.A. English
1987 Ball state University Ph.D. American, British, World Literature, Rhetoric and Composition
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