Right, you've misunderstood me, but that's no problem
at all :) It's probably my fault as I try to pack my
thoughts in the shortest form possible, so in the end
they appear not clear enough.
I completely agree with you that a poem can present
feelings, thoughts etc. different from those of the
reader. Dialectic of analyzing I've mentioned referred
to something different. I'll try to explain my point,
but if it's again not clear, please, let me know, and
I'll try to explain it further.
Every analysis is an analysis made by someone. That
means that our complete cognitive structure is
included in our understanding of the poem (when I
speak of cognitive structure I don't have in mind the
psychological one, but more the epistemic one,
consisting of the presumptions of our reasoning,
thinking, speaking). Since this process of analyzing
includes us (i.e. our thinking), it necessarily
includes the presumptions of our thinking as well. For
example, it includes particular logic (methods of
reasoning), particular epistemological presumptions
(those referring to the possibilities of knowing
something at all), as well as our background
knowledge. All these points constitute our approach to
the poem which is being analyzed, and in so far, "we"
are also included in this very analysis. That is to
say, analysis is always a sort of interpretation;
there is no "pure" analysis, nor an "objective"
analysis, just like there is no pure seeing, but only
All the best,
--- Marcia Karp <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Dear Dunja,
> Perhaps I've misunderstood you, but it seems as
> if you are saying
> that the reader must, in order to be a good reader,
> have shared the
> ideas, feelings, processes, etc. that are in the
> poem. Poems can
> present, to the reader who isn't determined to see
> himself in a poem,
> other ways of being human. No poem depends on any
> particular reader and
> may have to wait for a long time for one who will
> actually care what the
> poem says and how it says it.
> I'm sorry if I've misunderstood you.
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