yeah, I didn't know it was out there either. But apparently it's taught at the Danish Authors' School ("Forfatterskolen"). The class of 06 is being profiled in a series of interviews in Berlingske Tidende; today it's Karin Toft, who may or may not be an excellent writer. I hope she is, since it seems to be a painful affair. "Writing has started to hurt", she exclaims, and her tired smile looks appropriately pale and world-weary. Poor thing.
Anyway, the point of the interview is that "the hermetic form is the most democratic, as it puts everyone on the same level." In other words, if you don't quote the classics, you're not leaving the slow kids behind.
Well... except not. Let's consider a bit of hermetic poetry, shall we? Nothing really exotic, just something like e.e.cummings' if i love You.
if i love You
if i love You
worlds inhabited by roamingly
stern bright faeries
if you love
me) distance is mind carefully
luminous with innumerable gnomes
Of complete dream
if we love each (shyly)
other, what clouds do or Silently
Flowers resembles beauty
less than our breathing
Does anyone really think that all readers are created equal when meeting a text such as this one? Our mind's ability to wrestle with paradoxical and enigmatic expressions is a skill aquired through practice, effort, reading tons of texts. It's just... mindboggingly arrogant to claim differently. Or ignorant, at least. And I don't really know if it's sad or inspiring that someone can be taught this exact skill for two years and come away thinking that as long as you don't reference, say, historic events that your slow-witted readers wouldn't know, you're really writing for the masses. Oh, well.