McSweeney’s Internet Tendency: Poetry FAQ

Poetry FAQ

By Wendy MacLeod on McSweeney’s Internet Tendency:

How do you know what a poem means?
You decide what the poem means to you. But you are probably wrong. You are probably missing like seventeen literary allusions, twelve mythological references, and some parable stolen from the Bible. And as if that isn’t enough, poets go out of their way to use fancy, archaic words like “dovecote.” Do you know what a dovecote is? I didn’t think so.