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Monday, August 22, 2016

Theory of Poetry

The poet feels an emotion

puts that emotion into words



the reader reads those words

and does not feel that emotion



unless the poem is really, really good

2 comments:

el curioso impertinente said...

You really need to read D W Harding's Experience into Words. The last two chapters, Reader and Author, and The Hinterland of Thought. Harding was both a literary critic and a psychologist, and studied with Leavis. He's the starting point for a good deal of what I think today about "difficult" poetry.

Jonathan said...

I was trying to parody BousoƱo's theory of lyrical expression. I'll check out the Harding too. Thanks