Many people struggle to read poetry. It seems vague, confusing, and leading to fuzzy-headed mushiness. Its images can be taken in different ways, leading to competing interpretations. For this reason, some prefer prose and straightforward explanations of what something “really means.” Yet the multiplicity of meaning offered by poetry’s images is what gives poetry its power. Poetry is not locked into one, specific meaning, but it offers worlds of possibility through its symbols and signs.
In my latest article for Circe, I show how the premier poet of the ancient world, Homer, teaches us how to see.