Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Critique of Poetry, No. 2

1. If you don't read poetry, you are missing something essential for soul growth.
2. If you read poetry, you have realized why so few people read it.
3. If you don't read poetry, you watch too much television and have allowed Jon Stewart to become your bard.
4. If you have allowed Jon Stewart to become your bard, it's okay because he is a bard, of sorts.
5. Still, you might try reading some William Blake or some...William Blake and, I promise, you will love Jon Stewart even more.
6. In truth, it takes some training to read William Blake in any way that might make deep sense to you. So if you're gonna read William Blake, read something about William Blake, too, helping you understand why William Blake is the father of people like Jon Stewart.
7. William Blake isn't the father of Jon Stewart, metaphorically, of course. Probably Jonathan Swift is. Proof is they share the same initials.
8. I have been considering getting cable so that I can watch Jon Stewart, but I have been holding off because: would it be worth it? Really?
9. I think it really would be worth it.
10. Nine is my favorite number so I'm gonna stop there.


The Mathletes said...

I like William Blake an awful lot... I told the shits in the last writing course I took that out of every poet I've read he's in like my top two, and they thought I was a retard and/or faking. Jon Stewart's less a bard than he is a brilliant new weapon against the attention spans and political apathy of a lot of people like me. You don't need to get cable to watch him, though... Shoot me an email at the IBP or Yahoo addresses and I'll splain.

Spack said...

The book to read about him, of course, is Fearful Symmetry by Northrop Frye. You could also listen to the song "Let The Slave" by Van Morrison, which is all Blake, from The Four Zoas.