Search Phrases

Looking at the search phrases that brought viewers -- I won't say readers -- to one's blog, little stories suggest themselves. This one, for instance:
Poem Analysis of "dead boy"
The grammar belies a certain -- how shall we say? -- lack of sophistication that makes one think of a desperate high school student who has been assigned an essay on John Crowe Ransom's poem. I can't imagine the student found much of use in this post, but you never know. Not if the student is just looking for something to copy, at least. On the other hand, if the student followed a couple of links, looked at the James Wright poem, considered some of the comments, & wrote an essay describing how he/she had found a small discussion online that had prompted some thought about sentimentality, that might actually be a good essay. As for all the people who come to the blog looking for Gustav Klimt, what can I say? My post on the old version of this blog on Klimt draws more search engine hits than any other single post I've ever written & it's not even in the first fifty Google search results on the artist's name.  I can't help but think that it's because many of the artist's pictures are vaguely pornographic. Did you know Klimt painted the naked bodies of his women before painting on the clothes? Anyway, I somehow have the sense that both searches are coming from the same demographic & I can't that makes me feel like one of the more sophisticated members of the academic blogosphere. Apparently, many of my readers are disreputable adolescents. Ah, what the hell? I'm a poet, that's my natural audience.

Author: jd

Joseph Duemer is Professor of Literature Emeritus at Clarkson University in northern New York state. His most recent book of poems is Magical Thinking from Ohio State University Press. Since the mid-1990s he has spent a good deal of time in Vietnam, mostly Hanoi. He lives with his wife Carole & five terriers (four Jack Russells & one Patterdale) on the stony bank of the Raquette River in South Colton.

1 thought on “Search Phrases”

  1. Welcome to how the Google generation writes English essays. I wonder if Roman scholars noticed something analogous in their culture just before its collapse…

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