TALES OF THE CITY: When It Comes to Literary Criticism, You Can Know Too Much
Walsh, John, The Independent (London, England)
Oh, the perils of having media-savvy children. My friend Grace has a daughter who is doing her mock-GCSE exams, and she's been giving the child - a gorgeous but stroppy young minx called Layla - a little help with her revision. For an English-literature paper, the two of them pored over the poetry of one of the modern writers on the syllabus, a talented man famous for his love lyrics. Layla wasn't sure she understood them all, so mother and daughter discussed rhyme, scansion, rhythm and subject matter like a pair of Oxford dons in a Senior Common Room. They particularly liked one poem about a man whose life appears to have ended. The ending left it ambiguous: had his wife died or had she left him?
At exactly this point, Grace's husband came into the room and asked, "Who are you talking about?" They told him the poet's name, and the work they'd been studying. "If you ask me," Grace's husband told her, "it's a poem about how his wife left him after she …
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Publication information: Article title: TALES OF THE CITY: When It Comes to Literary Criticism, You Can Know Too Much. Contributors: Walsh, John - Author. Newspaper title: The Independent (London, England). Publication date: June 19, 2002. Page number: 7. © 2009 The Independent - London. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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