Poetry: A Second Language
Updated: Nov 17, 2022
I was going through the internet rabbit hole this weekend and ran across this Senior Thesis published in 2018. In it, the author C Mandler argues that poetry can express truth better than a plain narration/description of the truth. They argue that poetry as a language can be used to engage in very complex and personal ways with the reader and that metaphor can capture nuances of meaning that normal prose cannot convey completely. They also describe the language of poetry has having two primary pillars: language/word acquisition and then meaning making--which is unique among the poetic form.
It is a bit dense but I thought the idea itself was pretty interesting and wanted to support this concept.
The Second Language: An argument for the superlative authenticity of poetry through the complex personal relationships authenticity of poetry through the complex personal relationships it develops with its audiences by way of truth in metaphor it develops with its audiences by way of truth in metaphor