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Analysis and comments on Selecting A Reader by Ted Kooser

Comment 4 of 4, added on December 26th, 2008 at 8:29 AM.

The poem motivated her to do something for herself. He was able to affect
her. Love it. Having her wind up buying the book or having her point out to
the reader just how wonderful the poem was would just make her
underdeveloped, the author ego-obsessed and the reader bored. He gave her
some character. I read this poem for the first time my Freshman year in
college, it struck me immediately and I've always loved it.

Carolyn from United States
Comment 3 of 4, added on June 17th, 2008 at 2:15 AM.

Who would want a woman like that reading their poems? lol. Sounds like a
bimbo - that they would think of cleaning their raincoat over poems, but
then I realize that we are talking about Ted Kooser's poems here.

ea
Comment 2 of 4, added on June 18th, 2006 at 11:37 AM.

Ted Kooser always expressed simplicity in his work, so I'm supposing that
it's not too metaphoric in what he's trying to say. Maybe he really is
saying that a person with not enough money to even wash their raincoat
should focus on that neccessity over purchasing his poem. It could be more
but I don't see anything that lends itself into metaphor.

Benjamin
Comment 1 of 4, added on September 25th, 2005 at 3:50 PM.

It was interesting for me to note that Ted Kooser's "ideal" reader is one
who chooses to not even purchase his poetry, but rather spend her money on
more practical things.

I'm having a hard time deciding for myself if Kooser is speaking in
metaphor or symbolism, or if he is being literal in his remarks that his
perfect reader wouldn't even bother to read his work.

Does anyone have any additional comments on this?

Joshua from United States

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Poet: Ted Kooser
Poem: Selecting A Reader
Volume: Sure Signs
Year: 1980
Added: Feb 20 2003
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