The poem as a perceptual device of one's own
world, and one's
own experience is much more
I take it you buy into the French view that
the text exists apart from the human being that created it. Perhaps that old
scenario of monkeys typing texts can be updated to computers creating texts
unrelated to human experience, leaving readers in solipsistic bliss.
A lot of forays into and around and around the aesthetic theory maze are
being made just now !
- isn't it usually a case of layers of perception and multiple perspectives
/ meanings ? - eg., about which particular facets of the
author/maker's skilfully-cut gem happened to sparkle for you as the perceiver at
that particular moment and in your particular state of [emotional *and* factual]
mind. Or, thinking of a wellknown biblical image, isn't our perception as
'knowing' adults of such things often of the 'but through a glass, darkly'
kind ? Similarly, this kind of extraneous 'knowledge' may reveal some
more facets but often at the expense many of other [ often much brighter]
ones but doesn't it always inevitably and irrevocably alter that
But, however we define them, suppose
we're still discussing and looking-at cut gemstones as opposed
to crude and ugly lumps of coal or rock or stone.....