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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...

Wednesday, October 31, 2012


I have made fun of botanical approaches to Lorca, but, really, botany is my main weakness as a reader of poetry. Espadañas and bulrushes are equally opaque to me. When I am reading a poem in Spanish, the only words I have to look up are names of plants or birds. Sometimes architectural or gastronomical terms.

1 comment:

Clarissa said...

I have the same problem! I can never remember any names of trees or other plants because I have no idea what these names mean either in English or in Russian.