This is an exercise in hermeneutics. I’ve had an ongoing interest in hermeneutics, which seeks to explore how interpretation and understanding take place. The key value of hermeneutics is listening to the other. I’m curious to explore this further, and I invite your input by offering comments on the poem below that I’ve just written.
So, how do you win a book worth up to $100 of your choice? Well first, let me limit that a bit: it has to be in one of the following fields: history, philosophy, hermeneutics, theology, religious studies, biblical studies. That’s a LOT to choose from! You can be based anywhere in the world for this, so long as Amazon delivers there.
Well, what you need to do is twofold:
- Offer an interpretative comment of at least 80 words in the comments below. This could be as basic as saying that you don’t understand the poem at all, and pointing out the bits that you find confusing, or why you find them confusing. Or it could be a fully fledged commentary. Your comment could also take the form of questions – ‘What does this bit mean?’/’Could it be referring to such and such?’ I’m NOT hoping for a ‘right’ answer here, so no interpretative comment will be thought of as silly. I’m just interested to see how people interpret it, and what reasons they give for their interpretations/lack of understanding.
- Draw attention to this post, either by Twitter, Facebook, or a blog.
If we get at least a dozen such comments, then – after a couple of weeks – I’ll choose one of the commenters at random, and you’ll win yourself any book from the above categories. I’ll have it posted out to you, brand spanking new, by Amazon.
Without further ado, here’s the short poem:
I went to see the girls,
But they were in detention.
I guess I should have known,
But Bec had failed to mention.
I went and peered through bars,
And saw their stubborn faces.
These girls are hard to shake
With harsh, forbidding places.
I offered them some scraps,
Which they accepted gladly.
Then Mandy did her laps,
While others stood there sadly.
A dove came in to share –
This happens all the time –
They scared the thing away;
A little paradigm.