|Earl Gray's 2nd Law|
This gave us obscure texts which professors could waste entire semesters "analyzing". It has become a co-dependency, a causation spiral of incoherence and tenuous inference. It spawned two generations of "experts" with no knowledge of or interest in learning the definition, let alone the elements, of poetry.
|Earl Gray's 77th Law.|
Disinterested readers saw through this pretense and gave up on poetry (other than song lyrics). Yes, the majority of poetry geeks are still academics but they are an endangered subspecies of literary scholars. In truth, the average English teacher or professor today probably couldn't conduct a lesson without descending into annotation. (Pro Tip: Get your students involved by scanning their favorite songs.)
As always, the antidotes to gaslighting remain education and reason.
|Earl's 186th Law.|