Poetry and the Pleasure of the Text

Analysis, interpretation, literary research and explication all have their own pleasures, of course, but these are intellectual rewards which often come — students are quick to say — at the price of “enjoying” stories, poems, etc. The students would prefer to be blissfully entertained. In the hallway after my most recent class, a student told me he no longer enjoys his favorite band because of me. Mea culpa. –Mike Arnzen…