Sometimes, few things can focus my mind and plant my two feet firmly on the Earth. One of the things that always brings me back home when my mind wanders away is poetry. In my mind, you can’t truly love a language without understanding and loving its poetry. Poetry is about painting pictures with words, and using imagery to invoke emotion and thought. Poetry is incredibly powerful and moving to those who have an appreciation for the elegant simplicity of language itself.
Far too many English majors major in the subject because they don’t know what else to major in. I’ve noted many English majors that I go to school with have no concept or understanding of poetry, and yet they somehow expect to be able to teach it to students in a classroom after graduation. I find that to be incredibly sad and I wish those people would pick a new major, or at least not brag about how they are English majors as though it were some badge of honor.… [Read More]