A hidden message?


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I had to share this. I was one of those people in school who used to think: did the author really write the story with some hidden meaning behind the simple text or did the author write the story because he/she had this story stuck in their head and had to write it down so as not to burst the brain but there really was never a hidden subtext or subliminal message. It was just a story!

Have a lovely day 🙂

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8 Comments

  1. Having been an English student and then teacher, I had to LOL. This goes beyond Excellent. Wish you had 10 stars, for I would check the 10th star. When I was in some college English class, the instructor managed to get Robert Frost’s daughter to come speak to us for half an hour. Never will forget her telling us about people who would ask Robert what he meant by this line or that; one example was his description of skunk tracks in the snow. No big symbolism; he’d seen skunk tracks in the snow and put the image into a poem. I’ve forgotten the name of that class and its instructor, but I learned a valuable lesson about trying to find symbolism, especially in poetry. : )

    • I know, I have also been both student and teacher. When I was doing my teacher training, I had to teach English to a class of year 10 boys. That in itself was hard enough but to add to my misery, I had to also teach Shakespeare to them. And so the analysing, tearing apart, finding hidden messages and symbolism in every line began. Now I enjoy Shakespeare but I can see why many people do not. It’s because of the they treat all of his works in school. It takes the life right out of his plays. And although I had to do that, as it was part of the curriculum, I personally would prefer to teach the plays in such a way as the children can understand and enjoy them rather than analyse them. And Shakespeare might have intentionally had some symbolism in his plays but overall I think he just enjoyed writing stories that people could act out and audiences could enjoy 🙂 thanks for the comment. Have a lovely day 😉

      • Shakespeare and 10th grade boys…I’m SO happy I never had to do that. My 10th level boys were in a course I designed called “Literature of the American West” so we had loads of fun doing skits and other projects as well as just reading.

        • You’re very lucky. Unfortunately for me I had to follow whatever they were doing at the time so for year 10 it was Shakespeare and poetry and certainly was not fun especially as I was left on my own in the class a lot of the time! Maybe that’s why I preferred primary after I qualified 😀

  2. It’s even more perplexing when you are analyzing poetry. I swear some of the insights my French professor gave us while she was analyzing class poems was very stretched. Needless to say, I knew I wouldn’t do well in that class and thus decided to drop it. I’ll need to take a French literature course eventually to complete my minor, but I think I’ll delay it for a while…

    • Haha I know. Analysing poetry was the worst. Hated doing that in school! Have fun with the French 😉 thanks for the comment!

  3. lol I had more than one argument with teachers about that. The icing on the cake was when he explained one of my poems to the class, and he was so wrong. That argument got rather loud. 🙂

    • Haha very good. I was never the disagreeing type in school, too shy 🙂 but I always would think to myself what a load of rubbish 😀

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