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    My English professor at Old Dominion University used to say that Robert Frost complained, "You squeeze my poetry too much," meaning that all the deep meanings were really not there.

    The thing is, they are, though. The writer may not have intended them as the piece was being written, but you can trace thoughts and patterns back through his writing and find patterns, and argue a meaning of those patterns.

    I love literary analysis. It's such an exercise in critical thinking, and it can range from as basic as the word choice, the nuts and bolts of the composition, to the ideas and how they interplay, what allusions are made for what reasons, what symbols are created -- so many ways to approach it, and so much to bring to light (if you're lucky).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tiltyred View Post
    My English professor at Old Dominion University used to say that Robert Frost complained, "You squeeze my poetry too much," meaning that all the deep meanings were really not there.

    The thing is, they are, though. The writer may not have intended them as the piece was being written, but you can trace thoughts and patterns back through his writing and find patterns, and argue a meaning of those patterns.

    I love literary analysis. It's such an exercise in critical thinking, and it can range from as basic as the word choice, the nuts and bolts of the composition, to the ideas and how they interplay, what allusions are made for what reasons, what symbols are created -- so many ways to approach it, and so much to bring to light (if you're lucky).
    I love literary analysis too.
    I better-- I have two degrees: Psychology and English/Literature.
    Of course I psychoanalyze what is written.

    Years ago a highly controversial novel was published. 1991, or so.
    It was Brett Easton Ellis's AMERICAN PSYCHO.
    Now that will test your analytical skills.
    The author really dumped his psychological problems into that novel.
    But the majority of the public got the meaning of the book, backwards.
    It shocked Ellis, that he received such immense backlash from women.
    He even had death threats.
    This is what happens when you are that good at your satirical craft.

    I would call up my friends and read them excerpts, just to mess with their heads.
    "Jag you sick bastard! What ARE you reading to me?"

    It's hilarious when people take satire seriously.

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