On Poetry I: What is this thing we call a poem? | Phil Stock

On Poetry I: What is this thing we call a poem? | Phil Stock

It was a typical day at university for Professor Stanley Fish. He had just finished teaching his linguistics class. Some of the names of linguists he had discussing with his students were still on the board when his next class started to arrive for their literature seminar. Fish decided to make one small change between classes. He drew a box round the assignment details and wrote p43 at the top.

The list now looked something like this:

Fish’s next move was simple but significant. He told his literature students that there was a religious poem on the board, similar to the ones they had…

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