It's a known fact that English class is for analyzing every detail of a piece of literature.
I often times do not agree with the mantra, "everything is intentional."
Sometimes, I think that writing can be a representation of life. A story without a message. Just something interesting that could have happened in this world or another.
I do agree with the mantra, "Art does not reveal the artist." - Oscar Wilde
People often assume that the ideas and morals of a character in a story or a speaker of a poem are the same as the author's. This is sometimes true, but I believe that more often than not, it isn't.
One of the reasons that Wilde had to revise his "Picture of Dorian Gray" is that people thought he shared the views of his character, Lord Henry. He had to add a prolog, explaining that art does not reveal the artist, and that the reader may look between the lines at his own peril. Many think that looking between the lines will mean that they will discover Wilde's taboo ideas within his writing, but I think Wilde means that they will discover their own taboo ideas.
There are times, however, when I believe that art is too little analyzed.
I love to go to modern art museums. They are worlds of beautiful insanity. However, sometimes the randomness and the simplicity goes too far. I need to see talent and vision within art for me to appreciate it.
An example: At Moma, the modern art museum in New York, I came across this piece of art: in the middle of the room, a haystack. A square haystack. It was called "haystack." To my knowledge, there was no needle hidden in it. Someone just put a haystack there.
All I could think was, "Ok... No. I can't appreciate this." Had there been a poem to go along with it, or maybe even a clever title, it would have been saved. I know that the point of a lot of art is for the meaning to be different for every viewer, but we have to be given something to work with, especially if your art costs a bagillion zillion dollars and all you did was drop a haystack on the floor.
What do you guys think about art analyzation?