Monday, April 20, 2009
John Ashbery at William Empson's birthday party; and "Why students don't like poetry"
John Ashbery at William Empson's birthday party (click for video).
Here's an article suggesting that Ashbery's poems are part of the reason Why Students Don't Like Poetry - "Don’t choose poems so difficult and remote from young students, especially the non-humanities majors. They [the poems] may be brilliant and powerful, but if their brilliance and power requires too much guidance and contextualization on the teacher’s part, they won’t work." Uh-oh!