"Susan hated Literature. She'd much prefer to read a good book... She listened with half an ear to what the rest of the class was doing. It was a poem about daffodils. Apparently the poet had liked them very much. Susan was quite stoical about this. People could like daffodils if they wanted to. They just should not, in Susan's very definite and precise opinion, be allowed to take up more than a page to say so."I agree with Susan. (I'm fairly certain that Pratchett did not have me in mind, but if he did, I'd like some royalties.) Mostly agree, anyway; I'm happy for people to take up as much space as they'd like to write about daffodils or indeed any other subject, so long as I am not required to read it.
This is the real problem with literature classes: People who otherwise would enjoy a perfectly good book/poem/story/etc. are suddenly forced to pick said work to bits, looking for themes and hidden messages and that sort of thing. Snooze. At least in college, I've been allowed to read an assortment of stories and write a few pages about common themes, rather than having to figure out the one exact thing my instructor was looking for (being in college, as long as I can make a good argument about what I see, the instructors tend not to mind that I don't get the exact same answer as them).
Spanish literature, it turns out, is the same as English literature in terms of reading and poking the words around. My literature teacher's nickname is No Entiendo (I don't understand), because I can't understand a lot of what he says. He's a brilliant teacher and is very kind to his students (and extraordinarily helpful), but that doesn't help me understand his Spanish.
So, I get to be frustrated in two languages. Not only because of not understanding, but because we pummel the Classics almost to death to get whatever meaning we can possibly squeeze out of them, then wander off, leaving any enjoyment of the story bleeding on the sidewalk. Sigh.
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