Caryn Thurman • April 10th, 2006
They're just not real sure which ones.
As a result of a recent study, Poetry Foundation
(publisher of Poetry
magazine) offers up a sort of "Poetry State of the Union" and the results seem promising (14% of American adults consume poetry on a regular basis), if not just a bit vague (most couldn't readily name a favorite poem/poet or accurately recite a line of verse). The findings also identified poetry as ritualistic, celebratory and reflective ... with poetry being associated with memorization, schooling, celebrations such as weddings, cultural ties and gift-giving. The Chicago Tribune
summarizes the findings, but you can read the whole 113-page study when it becomes available tomorrow on poetryfoundation.org
. So carve out an hour or so and settle in to find out everything you wanted to know about what others think about poetry, but were afraid to ask.