October 14th, 2010

lifesucks

The Waste Land

So today's reading for Brit Lit was Elliot's The Waste Land. I feel so very not-well-read. But on the third time through it started making more sense. I understand that he thought that poetry should be difficult. But I don't quite agree. If you write something so referential and deliberately difficult, you limit your audience. It's like saying, "I have something important to say!" and then whispering into your cupped hands.

Or maybe it's more like, "I have something to say, and if you can figure it out then you're special."

But then, I'm not much of a poetry person.