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February 28, 2007

Take it like a man: Brann's icons

"The 'Ode on a Grecian Urn' marks the grand climax of the iconic technique; for it's enabling doctrine, that 'poetry is like a picture' comes to an end when imitation, mimesis no longer drives either the visual or poetic arts." (247)

To me this basically meant, "here's the deal, take it or leave it." Keats indeed did give us a very strong theory of truth and beauty. The poet tells us what their perception of reality is and we can either accept in or question it based on our own realities. That's where I think we step into gray areas. We all have a general sense of reality, but where does our and another person's blur and how to make rules for mimetic criticism when there's so much gray?

Posted by ErinWaite at February 28, 2007 2:08 PM


Haha I love your entries, Erin. You are very straightforward, which is great in a literary world clouded by an array of ambiguious words.

I think the gray area is inevitable, considering the type of criticism we are exploring. It loves to tread that middle ground, between one type of criticism or another, which allows us to adapt it and mold it to our own views that fit the work.

Posted by: Nessa at February 28, 2007 10:27 PM

For us formalists this is the way to go. We like to wear what's fits us best.

Posted by: Erin at March 1, 2007 10:04 AM

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