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Published on July 12th, 2016

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Why People Hate Poetry

http://www.poejazzi.com/10-reasons-people-hate-poetry/

Really? Do people hate poetry?

Maybe they just hate poets, especially the weird ones. You know, the ones who go to open mics and read misogynist poems from their hand-written notebooks, about women who won’t sleep with them.

As poets ourselves, we have a theory as to why people might “hate” poetry.

Anytime you enter a discourse community, you need to learn the language, which allows you access to a metaphorical system.

This isn’t just with poets, but with anybody who has their own language, their own metaphors, their own similes. Recall the Steve Martin joke from his first album, a joke he wrote specifically for plumbers, who he claimed were in the audience that night.

Listen here:

We don’t think people hate poetry, we just think some people don’t have the language to access it.

Nonetheless, here’s an intelligent article on why people may hate it.

PS.
I had a friend I used to drink beer with when I was about 16, and we played Bob Seger as we sat under the fruitless mulberry tree in his front yard.
One time, he raised his bottle for a toast and said, “A day without Bob Seger is like a day without sunshine.”

Replace Bob Seger with poetry?

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