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I have still not very well understood the site rules, and there is no guide. Since poetry is inherently vague (it might even be desired), is it "non-constructive" or "not considered a good question" to ask for an interpretation of a specific poem? (I have roughly browsed recent questions.)


OP edits: Thank you for reopening. I am sorry to rewrite this question substantially, but initially I did not expressed well. So, poems are on topic. But what kind of questions? Can one ask the possible meaning of a certain line, or the overall context of a poem is according to your interpretation, or the symbolism a certain keyword....

These questions are related, and it is often not easy to make a clear cut between them... When a possible context is pointed out, the confusion might be automatically resolved.

Indeed, a reader is often "overall confused" by a poem, but asking a specific word or line might lose the overall picture. When a reader does not make sense of a poem, he/she does not even know what to ask. "What does that mean" is too broad, but "What does that word mean" is too narrow. Neither do I insist a complete free of restriction, but the line must be decided by the community.

  • Possible duplicate of Are songs and poems on-topic? – Benjamin Feb 17 '17 at 11:05
  • @Benjamin I think this question is more about whether asking for interpretation is on-topic than whether poems are on-topic. Voting to leave open. – Rand al'Thor Feb 18 '17 at 10:39
  • Thank you for letting me take a second thought. Now, the way I have edited it and rephrased it, do you think the question is a genuine one? – Violapterin Feb 18 '17 at 11:10
  • @Aminopterin I never questioned your genuineness, but I know see the difference, but I prefer the previous question. – Benjamin Feb 18 '17 at 16:49
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Yes, they are on topic.

We have several questions like this already.

See What circumstances is Bachchan referring to in this poem?, What is the meaning of "To Autumn"?, and other such questions.

Please tag your questions about poems with , and the title and author.

Welcome!


See Are songs and poems on-topic?.


Edited after the OP edit.

A question about the interpretation of the entire poem is perfectly fine - see prior examples. A question about a specific paragraph, sentence, or word - all fine. They all fall under the poetry analysis umbrella.

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