Eyes hungrily scanning the page, my imagination was conjuring up a beautiful scene; boy meets girl, they fall in love, they kiss, fireworks explode overhead and that’s how they know that they were meant to be together forever the end! 13-year-old me sighed wistfully and wished that my crush knew I existed (Unfortunately, he did know that I existed. He just didn’t like me back and rejected my advances when I asked him to go to the dance with me at a later date. Yes, it still stings a little.).
I could taste the sunscreen I had dedicatedly smeared on my face that morning as the sweat streamed down from my forehead.
Every student has been involuntarily subjected to poetry in the pursuit of education. And I am willing to bet that we have all fallen victim to the English teacher/professor who sees a symbolic meaning in every third word or the comma placement. As a person who genuinely enjoys poetry, I will admit that even I can be put off by the in-depth analysis that poetry is often associated with. However, I do believe that the problem lies more in the way that poetry is taught to students instead of the divination of details in the poems themselves. (Yes, it is difficult to take it seriously when someone is telling you that the period in the poem signifies a deeper ending.) My first point is that poetry can be enjoyable, regardless of background or explicit attention to every detail. How can this be?
I am well-known among my friends for what has been deemed my "endless wardrobe."