Wednesday, June 2, 2010
Even more irritable reaching...
Some time ago, I invented the rubric "Kneejerk Poetics" to cover all the obligatory platitudes and shibboleths that we automatically receive as wisdom relating to poetry; examples by the score can be found in the comment stream to my early Harriet post on the subject (as well as here and here).
Though much additional investigation remains to be done, I'm pleased to see Michael Theune's demolition of our rote obssession with "negative capability" and Katherine Duncan-Jones's weariness with "sunny invitations" to explicate sonnets.
And here's a lovely bit of irritability:
"Because I am old, I can see how little publication in a particular place actually means in terms of endorsing the quality of the work. And it would be dreadful if a small number of editors and publishers (who can be very lazy) engrossed all the excellent writing. " (Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin)Everybody tries to pin everything down right now. It seems to be more important to pin things down than to write the poems."