Sunday, 12 July 2015

A Poetic Analysis Of (Almost) Everything

In case you hoped this contained various in depth poetic analyses, I must disclaim that it does not. However it does contain 6 totally unnecessary evaluations of  common words and phrases that don't actually need to be evaluated.

Imagine if we analysed every situation like we do poems. The simplest of words would probably result in an in depth search of deeper connotations, tones, and imagery.

 Having spent the last couple weeks analysing poem after poem in English class, I've come to the conclusion that: A- whoever came up with semantic fields hated school children and B-phantasmagorical is a totally stupid word and should not exist. 

I've read through the works of Owen, Tennyson, Simic and Armitage, which Yeah, let's go with that. But it's got me thinking of two things: 1-what the heck possesses us to waste endless hours trying to deduce the meanings of middle aged men? and 2- I wonder how chia seeds taste. (Although, that has no relevance to poems whatsoever.) I'd always thought that a poet's greatest intention was just to be heard, but it turns out that they live their lives waiting anxiously to produce something worth utilizing by thirteen year old students in English lessons. They do in fact intend to send their writing out into the world to be torn apart and stripped of meaning and metaphors and similes.

So in the honor of every English lesson since the start of this new academic year, I present- A poetic analysis of almost everything.

"Can you take my book to the front?" - The word front could suggest that there's a progression occurring. The word book in conjunction with this word presents another meaning to this, perhaps it is not only physical progression but a deeper more emotional one.  The word 'book' could symbolize a story, a story within the person. There may be a certain discomfort with his/hers current position, which could explain why they would want to move forward.
But in reality all this guy wanted was for me to pass his stupid maths book to the front of the class.

"Hello"- The repetition of the letter 'l' could represent the roman numeral II. This means this word could have a dual meaning. Perhaps a light and dark side or maybe a more open or reserved side when you think about the use of e and o.
Or it could just mean hello.

Breakfast- The word break suggests a halt, in use with the word fast perhaps this suggests that this is a pause of fasting. Therefore the allowance of food.
Breakfast is just breakfast, no explanation needed.

How r u- The inability to use full words suggests that this person was in a rush or maybe just hella lazy. The absence of a question mark may mean that this is not in fact a question but a failed attempt at a statement.

Bread- The softness of this delicacy could imitate that of the emotion it wishes to convey. Bread holds a certain calmness and fragility to its name, urging the consumer to replicate those exact feelings.

Water-The clarity that its physical appearance possesses gives the feel of innocence and ease. Its clarity although prominent could hide a level of complexity beneath.

 You know what? I think I might just stick to analysing poems. 


  1. Ha! This was an interesting post StarGirl - thanks for sharing!


  2. This was brilliant! Sounds like my English teacher, except she's adamant you must use the correct literary terms for things, such as verb, or pronoun. What the heck am I going to need to know the difference between definite and indefinite articles for?
    We haven't gotten onto the poetry section yet, we've been focusing on English Language for this year, and the way you say it makes Lit sound all the more fun! At least it's summer now :)
    Eve @ Pen and Key <3

    1. Thank you. I totally agree, It feels like all these literary terms and techniques are just there to be annoying. I'm glad I've made it sound like more fun, and if you ever get given a poetry project just remember that you can always analyse pieces of bread and bottles of coke. There's so much behind those things ;P ( Is it just me who feels really awkward when using a wink face, like what am I meant to do?!!)

  3. Trying to decipher literature can definitely be interesting. Sometimes people try to put too much meaning into something, when it wasn't meant to have that much meaning at all...that can definitely ruin the joy of reading a book :P

  4. This is hilarious. Who knows, maybe we are talking about Roman numerals? :')

    1. Thank you, and the more I think about it the more it sounds like a legit theory.

  5. Hahahaha ew I hate poetry. I mean, I get that people want to express their feelings through random metaphors with deeper than literal meanings, but can't they just ramble? No one needs to create art out of words because words are way too literary and it's simply difficult. But I loved this x

    The Life of Little Me

    1. Thank you. I really think they should start classifying rambles as a compulsory part of poetic education.