That sharpness registers the degree to which their readers
have been shaped and massaged, not the degree to which
they have been indoctrinated. It probably also indicates
the degree to which their perceptions have been sharpened.
Of course they will not all have the same perceptions.
As my friend whose does massage says, some days she feels like she is just
pushing flesh. She doubts the efficacy of work in such a state of feeling.
Other days she knows she is having a meaningful effect. What the effect is
exactly, is an entirely different question. Different for different people
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From: "Carrol Cox" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Friday, February 23, 2007 9:22 PM
Subject: Re: Poetry and Intuition
> "Great artists shape and massage their audiences and their emotions and
> perceptions at will." P.
> Then why do so many 'great writers' provoke such sharp disagreement
> among their readers? I'm thinking in particular of my four favorite
> writers: Milton, Pope, Austen, Pound. Empson, and recently a number of
> other critics, have (for example) argued that Milton is so good because
> his God is so bad! While others read Milton for the same reasons that
> Ken reads Eliot!
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