So my friend Jean sent me this awesome book of poems. Lovely stuff, lovely friend. I love good poetry. So does Jean, which is why she's my friend. She had it sent from a used book store because it's out of print. Beyond sweet of her, to find me an out of print book.
So imagine if you will my dismay at seeing what an English major with a mechanical pencil did to this lovely book.
So, if you underline something, does it make it more profound? I say, no, it does not. I say it means someone in a tweed sport coat with leather patches on the elbows told you that the word rain was significant. So to accentuate the significance, you underline it. Why? It's because that's what English majors do...deconstruct and underline. Heaven forbid you just read a poem.
And hollow soldier is underlined twice because everything else was already underlined. So, riddle me this...if everything is underlined, why underline anything at all?
Pencils down, English majors. Take notes in a notebook, but keep your poking, prodding, deconstructing pencils out of my books. Do not write "foreshadowing of death" in the margins. Do not write rhetorical questions to yourself such as "sexual tension???" Do not, under any circumstances, write the word "hegemony." Just...don't...do...it. Break the grip and walk away.
Bemused, perplexed, and just a tiny bit annoyed,