The Well Educated Mind/ Part Two/ Chapter 9/ History Refracted.
Chapter nine, the final chapter, deals with poetry. Poetry being the hardest of them all, as in reading, I wouldn’t be surprised if writing as well actually, but the emphasis still lays on reading. As all previous chapters of part two, we are given first an explanation of poetry, along with its history, and some constantly repeated necessities for its reading. Then we are told How to engage such a reading, there is a comparison with the previous readings as well, more through comparison than all the others such as was the case in chapter eight. The final list given at the end is much more extensive, and has detailed explanations of it, even though they are brief considering the content, for which I applaud the author. To truly understand the aspects of poetry one must first understand all other aspects beforehand, meaning that this kind of reading, as in the entirety of the well educated mind book, requires one to follow since chapter one and pay attention, otherwise intending to understand a chapter such as this without previous knowledge, is futile. Poetry is the most complex kind of reading, according to the book and myself, since it requires an advanced development of reading skills. The chapter deals well with managing our understanding of it, by giving examples, comparisons and other useful tools for our learning.