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Unformatted text preview: America’s Prejudice Against Poetry Every young child loves poetry, from simply rhymes about greasy grimy gopher guts to the sophisticated works of older poets. What happens to a person that makes us dread the very thought of even reading poetry let alone analyzing it? Is it the lack of action, sex, and car chases that our society has fallen in love with, due in no small part to the efforts of Hollywood. Perhaps we can attribute our dislike to the same poems and the same poets being taught to us multiple times. The last and possibly most important is that many times while we are talking about poetry and what it means, we are told that we are wrong. Nobody likes to read something, spend hours analyzing and writing about it to just be told they are wrong. From blockbuster movies to television and even our novels share one thing in common, action. Today’s American society is obsessed with gun fights, car chases and sex. Most literature has adapted to this so well that books can often be turned into blockbuster movies with little...
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This note was uploaded on 05/14/2008 for the course ENGLISH 102 taught by Professor Ivry during the Spring '08 term at Wisc Whitewater.
- Spring '08