Same goes for poetry!
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This quote reminds me of Susan Sontag’s “Against Interpretation,” and like that essay, I both agree and disagree. I don’t believe that appreciation, in its purest form, requires “understanding.” But when I read a great analysis of a film (or song or book, etc.), it does make me appreciate it in a new and different way. Maybe I wouldn’t call that “understanding,” because it’s arrogant to assume that you can distill any powerful artwork to a single explanation of “what it means,” but I think there’s still value in searching for and discussing meaning.