Hirsch: Lose Your Thoughts, Try to Understand the Writer's

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"The interpreter's goal is simply this:  to show that a given reading is more probable than others"  (Hirsch 24).  Since it is impossible to show another persons true meaning, when often times the writer may or may not know this for themselves, it is the job of the interpreter, or critic to try to the best of their ability to find the most logical meaning fo the text.  I used this quote because it seems to me that it would be very difficult for any person to remove themselves so much from their own thoughts to be able to look at a work as something unto itself.


Michelle Tantlinger said:

I agree with you and said something similar after reading Hirsch. On my first reading I thought Hirsch was way off track, but when I went back and re-read I began to agree with a lot of what he was saying. But I still find it very hard to seperate your own thoughts from a text.

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