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Jane Austen Illustration Plain Jane: “it was the misfortune of poetry, to be seldom safely enjoyed by those who enjoyed it completely, and that the strong feelings which alone could estimate it truly, were the very feelings which ought to taste it but sparingly.”

-Jane Austen in Persuasion

Jane always seemed to have a rather skittish view of poetry in most of her writings. On that view we agree completely. I am a horrid English major for I always gave an inward groan when poetry was the subject of conversation. Some of it is beautiful to be sure, poignant at times, brilliant at others, but spending hours dissecting The Red Wheelbarrow for example was really too much for me. I think Jane might agree.

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