I don't really think of this as a "dumb blonde" statement either. (No one can be that dumb can they?) Though I'm not sure what to make of it. It's as if she's trying to be clever, but I don't think she succeeded. Do you find a deeper meaning?
Diane, Are you sure this comment isn't similar to the one about thinking Walt Whitman was related to the chocolate sampler boxes? Obviously Marilyn knew her poetry.
Hi Michelle and Joy! Actually, I was thinking that she was indicating that poetry distills ideas and puts them into small packages. You can learn life lessons from 800 page Russian novels, but if you want to save time, you could read a few great poems!
I went looking for a reference to Walt Whitman and Whitman's samplers. I found this: http://www.americansforthearts.org/public_awareness/pdf/the_ads/whitman/Walt_7x10_4c_Local.pdf
Whoever wrote the text to that ad certainly needs a history lesson:And though he lived long before the Summer of Love, he was the original beatnik--an inspiring example for writers like Ginsberg and Kerouac. The Summer of Love was the hippie movement, the beats were from a decade earlier. Stuff like that bugs me. ;-) Still, the poster is impressive!