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Marcia, any good communicator, speaker or writer, knows how to reach people. That is a truism. Either one does market research with focus groups to find out what interests people, or onespeaks/writes about universal human themes.
An audience for a Sophocles drama did not have to be Sophocles to relate their own experience to the work. How a genius intuits universal themes is another subject.
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Subject: Re: Eliot and Biography
Date: Sun, 3 Sep 2006 10:51:36 -0400
No it isn't. It's to use language to tell some truth, and as you say, to create meaning in the poem. Creation of which is not at all the same as jibing experience with that of others. Must a writer know how every other experiences the world? Is this possible?
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David, are you not simply saying that reading is always colored by the reader's experience? The writer's task is to know how to jibe his/her experience with that of others, not entirely, but to such a degree that meaning is created. Literature is not unlike speech in that respect.