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Skinnydipping with William Wordsworth by by MAXINE KUMIN.docx

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Skinnydipping with William Wordsworth by by MAXINE KUMIN In my Young Adult Literature class, we discussed the topic of genres; specifically, are they relevant? Genres are less like boxes in which we place a book or poem and more like a highway along which we travel to the next book or poem–you can travel either direction on a line and, like with highways, there is occasionally some overlap. Yet some theories suggest that everything to say has already been said, and that every new idea is a repetition of one before, as if the “city” we travel toward on these “highways” is simply the “city” from which we have come. And then the topic of intertextuality will inevitably occur. But what does that look like? Certainly, in these “cities” it would manifest itself in columns harkening back to Greece or domes echoing the Italian Renaissance. In literature, in poetry, it looks much like this: Aside from the inherent sex positivity, this poem is a very forward example of intertextuality and the dialogue it creates between the new and old. While everything may have already been said, it had been
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