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10 Strange Phobias


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Metrophobia -- Fear of Poetry
Metrophobia often has its roots in our first exposure to poetry, when deciphering a poem could make us feel frustrated or like we've failed.
Metrophobia often has its roots in our first exposure to poetry, when deciphering a poem could make us feel frustrated or like we've failed.
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Do sonnets make you sweat? Haiku make you hide? If a limerick, naughty or not, causes you to panic and find the nearest exit, you may suffer from metrophobia, the fear of poetry.

While pinpointing the cause of some phobias may be difficult, being afraid of poetry may have its roots in how we're introduced to the literary art. Poetry has a reputation. Poetry is for academics. Poetry is elite. We're afraid that we won't be able to interpret its meaning and we'll look foolish. What poetry is, really, is just a form of expression that we're not accustomed to seeing on a daily basis, and our unfamiliarity makes us uncomfortable. Making peace with poetry doesn't have to be hard, and poetry doesn't have to be refined. There once was a man from Nantucket....


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