March 12, 2007

Practice, Practice, Practice

It is a given fact that for anyone to become good at anything practice needs to be of the utmost importance. Take my brother for instance. He plays baseball for his high school team and has dreams of playing in college and some day the pros, but in order for him to get there he knows that baseball needs to be the number two priority in his life (homework being number one). He practices 6 days a week with his team and on Sundays he and my dad go to the batting cages because the team doesn't have practice on the Lord's Day. The same is true for anyone trying to understand poetry. One must practice at it until they can understand what it means. Keesey states, "People who have read a lot of peotry can generall interpret a given poem better than people who have not."

Ok I know that this is pretty self explanitory, but really it is true. Those that read many different types of poetry are able to interpret a poem easier than those that only read poetry here or there. As I was reading this section of the introduction I couldn't help but think that my Major British Writers classes made sense now. The reason that there was so much poetry was so that we could understand it. Looking back on the class now I can't help but remember how as the year went on reading and interpreting the poems became easier and easier.

Another thing that I got from the introduction and then later from the other essays was that intertextuality is about comparing and contrasting. That's when a light bulb came on. (Hopefully the right lightbulb.) We have been comparing and contrasting all of our lives. It is something even kindergarten kids are taught. It is a skill that can help any one person get through life. So, for me intertextuality is turning out to be something that has a lot to do with practicing and practicing compare and contrast.

Keesey, Ch 5 (Introduction) -- Jerz EL312 (Literary Criticism)

Posted by Tiffany Brattina at March 12, 2007 11:07 AM | TrackBack

I used to do almost nothing but practice baseball in the hopes of being a big-league pitcher. Being an English teacher is hardly an equal (in terms of salary, that is,) but I have found it very useful to "practice" my English stuff. Tell your brother his chances of making it to the Major Leagues are greater than 10,000 to one, not to discourage him.

Posted by: Dave Moio at March 14, 2007 8:16 AM

We have all been critics of intertextuality since we could read more than "The Cat in the Hat".

I think the overall idea of this criticism is to make sure and emphasize the idea that just reading one poem or one novel will not enlighten them on the style, structure, theme, genre, etc. With reading many different poems and novels, one could compare and contrast with ease.

Posted by: Denamarie at March 15, 2007 12:20 AM
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