It might be safe to say that the most popular debate in American literature over the last 50 years has been this one:
Were the lyrics of Jim Morrison and The Doors good poetry? Or crap?
Is inspired crap, crap, or inspired?
Good news for Doors fans.
The Doors produced real poetry.
It is common for twenty-somethings to reject feelings they had as adolescents, but when it comes to the Doors, the 16 year old is correct and the 26 year old is wrong.
The Doors made truly good music tinged with real poetry.
Jim Morrison’s sex god, drug-addled, drunken, reputation, the Doors’ predilection for producing hard rock ‘hits,’ the relative simplicity of their music, all conspire to make one ashamed, as one ages, to hold onto one’s early impression that Doors music was good poetry. But it was.
Sometimes we are “shamed” in the wrong direction.
The Doors understood what all poets must understand: less is more
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