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Anxious gatekeeping

Analogous to nervous cluelessness is something we might call “anxious gatekeeping.”   This is desire to police the borders of poetry, or of...

Friday, March 12, 2010

Deep Reading

I prefer deep reading to close reading. Close reading can often involve a kind of finickiness about surface details, or sometimes the mechanical kind of textual analysis taught in schools. There really is not distance reading, but there is a superficial approach, one that doesn't take into account the tradition underlying the poem.

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