Heaven/Hell wrote:...actually, no it's not (time's dragging at work, I pass the time when it's not so busy by thinking too much about trivial things).
Why is there always a tedious introduction in modern reprints of the classics by some dull professor whose only ambition in life is to suck the soul out of some great reading? Doesn't it strike them that maybe we the readers are perfectly AWARE of the content, hence the reason we're buying it? Must they try and influence our freedom of opinion by giving us THEIR 'professional' viewpoint? The whole sodding reason I read is for the liberty to interpret the book however I wish, creating my own scenery and 'reality' in my own mind. The reader experiencing unexplored territories in the mind are what make literature and poetry great. So let's end this mind-numbing drivel which blights our enjoyment. If I wanted an essay or dissertation I would still be in school.
Malia wrote:You know, I've never had a problem with introductions written by professors. Sure, some essays come straight out of the writer's arse, but a lot of the time, they can be interesting and compell the reader to see things in a new way. The reader does *not* have to AGREE with the professor/intro writer. I guess I'm just one of those people who believes that, in many cases, a personal interpretation can often be enhanced by other interpretations. The more "angles" we have on a particular work, the more fully we can see the work, itself. No one has a corner on the market when it comes to understanding and interpreting literature (or anything else, for that matter). I say, the more interpretations you have, the more fully you can assess the work. But you don't have to agree with everything you read in order to be informed and enlightened by it.
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