I really like the analogy although for me it works best in terms of both reading AND writing, tori and uke if you will. You begin by learning your alphabet - basic movements etc, then progress through putting those basic blocks together to form, in a stilted fashion, simple words IE C-A-T Cat! Most who persevere long enough can progress through this stage to the point where it is possible to write/read whole sentences and paragraphs. Some get to the point where they are able to construct/digest whole arguments or books, but few indeed are those who can distill everything they have learned back into a few lines of poetry.
From someone who's still delighted by C-A-T Cat!