Permalink for this paragraph 2 Reading the chapter about new criticism along with the William Blake poems was interesting for me because I have always preferred novels, short stories, or almost anything else over poetry. This was mostly due to the fact that I could never really find any meaning. I mean I was able to identify a few symbols or the main idea, but on the whole poetry baffled me. This was mostly due to the fact that while I could analyze longer works because I could afford to ignore a phrase now and again. When reading poetry, however, every word counts and I have always felt as though I miss something important when I read a poem.
Permalink for this paragraph 1 When I read a poem I used to read the entire thing and try to decipher it, or occasionally I would pick out a line which particularly struck me. However, the new critical way of looking at poetry has helped me to start to get a feel for poetry. Looking at the poem in smaller chunks such as stanzas, lines or even picking out individual words makes meaning much easier to find for me. This new way of looking at poetry may be the start of a relationship, if not beautiful, is at least on speaking terms, between poetry and myself.