I was never really a poetry kind of person until I began my Creative Writing course & then a Literature course. I had to write & study poetry & although I enjoyed it I could never find a poem that really stuck with me.
I read the Romantic poets, the modern poets & yet although I liked what they had written it felt different enjoying the poems when you had to study them. You rip a poem apart; find different meanings in each word/line/stanza & that for me took the enjoyment out of it.
I feel that with poetry you have to take your time, savour each line & stanza, you have to take your time over it & let it lead you through the senses, instead of trying to find what perhaps sometimes isn’t there when doing a course & having to analyse it.
I will have to push myself to read more poetry for enjoyment & decide for myself what poem I will remember instead of being forced to like certain poetry which could have the opposite affect when it comes to memorising a poet’s work.