January 8, 2008

The Paper Nautilus

a nautilus is a marine snail, and i thought this poem was interesting in its use of a shell as a symbol. the spiral shell which a snail has is able to keep things compact, but safe. the things closer are kept in good care. the “writers entrapped by teamtime fame” are not, because of the “perishable souvenir of hope” (the shell). it reminded me a lot of the idea of your parents, who are there to protect you, as the shell of the snail does. but what i wonder is why the use of the word paper in the title?



January 2, 2008

“I, too, dislike it: there are things taht are important beyond all this fiddle. Reading it, however, with a perfect contempt for it, one discovers in it after all, a place for the genuine”

this line out of the beginning of this poem reminded me a lot of how we’re supposed to go about reading this poem, looking for how it means and not just what it means.

“When they become so derivative as to become unintelligible, the same thing may be said for all of us, that we do not admire what we cannot understand” it’s like when you can’t understand part of a poem, it’s hard to keep reading past it.

“In the meantime, if you demand on the one hand, the raw material of poetry in all its rawness and that which is on the other hand genuine, you are interested in poetry.” i like the way she used raw here twice ( alliteration!) it made the importance of looking at the poem as it is, and in its original form, then you are interested even if you don’t think you are. reading it is the first step