Good poetry is “elusive and complex, said in the simplest way possible”

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“[poetry’s] intuitive, associative power, [Matthew Zapruder] says, can be lost on people because of the way poetry is taught. He argues that we are too often asked to find the ‘hidden meanings’ in poems, as if a poem is a riddle — telling you something simple, but in the most complicated way possible, as if the poet is being deliberately opaque. Good poetry actually does the opposite, says Zapruder; ‘it’s something elusive and complex, said in the simplest way possible.'”

Have we been taught poetry all wrong? – Elizabeth Flock – PBS NEWSHOUR – 6/19/17

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