How can my approach to Arabic be useful when thinking about poetry?
I do my corrections, line by line, page by page, no time pressure.
I do not attempt to read anything else.
I have 2 books to go back to, working through page by page, no time pressure.
I picked one book in English to read, no time pressure there either.
It is true that I have nibbled just one leaf from an entire tree, but any more would give me indigestion.
All my plans change and have to be restarted, it's just a fact.
I have given up expecting anything as such, whatever comes along is helpful.
I am not expecting to know a certain amount by a set date.
I do have a time scale based on my experience with French, 5 years to GCSE, 3 more years to A-level, 4 more years to degree level. That's from 2011 to 2024, academic years of course. ??I'll be 60?? ****
I know I can look up the texts offered for AS and pick the simplest ones... just filled up a basket!
So apply all that to poetry:
I can't read it all
I can't follow contemporary poetry in detail
I can't read more than a fraction of it
Make sure I nibble from a leaf I rate highest of all
Take my time to assess what I might want to study next
The more management meetings I hold with myself the better
Allow digestion time, let my mind settle
I am newer to poetry so I don't yet know how my mind works
Observe what works and what doesn't, that will guide me
Try paring what I do right down to the minimum
Be super focused, take time to think and make a new plan
Then relax and just follow my own plan, until things change
Take a lot of time away from it each day
Treat it like laundry, do exactly what needs to be done, then just go away