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Linda Sue Grimes -- Classic Poetry Aide


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Please be aware that my field of expertise is "Classic Poetry." I do not study and write about Hallmark-Card type verse, doggerel, or pornographic versification.

I assist students/readers in understanding the poems most widely studied in high school and college English classes, for example, Emily Dickinson's "Because I could not stop for death," A. E. Housman's "Loveliest of trees," Robert Frost's "The Road Not Taken," W. B. Yeats' "The Second Coming," Rabindranath Tagore's "The Journey," Robert Hayden's "Those Winter Sundays," Dana Gioia’s "Words." I direct students/readers to online poetry analyses and/or research sources.

I do not dispense advice on creative writing issues, such as critiquing poems or offering ideas for poems.

Something controversial or provocative about this subject:

Poetry is not so difficult . . . but the claim that "a poem can mean anything you want it to mean" is absurd . . . while there may be room for interpretation, poems are not like clay that you can shape into anything your choose . . . poets express feelings, thoughts, experience . . . the notion that anything a poet writes is as malleable as a piece of modeling clay is insulting and demonstrates ignorance of what poetry, nay language itself, is all about . . . language--including poetry and all other art forms--is about communication . . . if you denigrate "meaning" as a component of poetry, you fail to communicate . . . failure to communicate begins with the lazy mind . . .

Experience in the area

2003 - present AllExperts volunteer

2006 - 2015 Suite101, later called

2015 - present, writer at HubPages



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1967 Miami University, B.A. Major in German

1971 Ball State University M.A. German/English

1984 Ball State University M.A. English

1987 Ball state University Ph.D. American, British, World Literature, Rhetoric and Composition

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What do you like about this subject?

Poetry explores the very heart and soul of the individual . . .

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

whatever is there . . .

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

it's not so difficult . . .

Something controversial or provocative about this subject

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Recent Answers from Linda Sue Grimes -- Classic Poetry Aide

2016-08-24 alliteration / assonance:

Dear Tom,    In the two lines, (1) Silhouetted by the sea, circled by the circus SANDS .... or   (2) Silhouetted by the sea, circled by the circus SIGNS, the alliteration is the same, and neither possesses

2015-09-03 Etymology and Historical Context:

Dear Matty,    You are correct about poetry interpretation; your professor is incompetent and should not be in a classroom.      I would advise you to drop that course and find a course with a professor

2015-06-06 English:

Alishba,    The theme of Eliot's "In a London Drawintromm" is the sense of separation from nature that a busy city gives an observer.    Wordsworth's theme in "Composed Upon Westminster Bridge" is that

2015-06-06 English:

Alishba,    The theme in Tom Wayman's "Did I Miss Anything" focuses on the different perspectives a teacher and a student might have regarding the same lesson.    "Do You Have Any Advice For Those of Us

2015-04-07 uneven lines in rhyming poetry:

Dear Lee,      Perhaps the following poems demonstrate the quality you are searching for:        Seamus Heaney’s “Blackberry-Picking”    Amy Lowell’s “Patterns"


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