February 4, 2007

Hirsch's "Objective Interpretation"

"Of course, the reader must realize verbal meaning by his own subjective acts (no one can do that for him), but if he remembers that his job is to construe the author's meaning, he will attempt to exclude his own predispositions and to impose those of the author" (Keesey 23,24).

Hirsch understands that the audience's interpretation is important toward reading a piece of literature, but legitimacy and correspondence between literature and author becomes necessary to critique a specific piece of literature. The poem should NOT speak for itself, because the authorial intent becomes a integral part of the literature. What readers take out of the poem is also important, but the reader should not take place of the author, who had their own original intentions when writing this piece of literature. I do not think that one should just look at the words and go "this is what the author was trying to say." As it was said in my previous entry, research should be done on an author and their historical background before making a logical critique on the corresponding writings. A reader can gain a better understanding of the author's life and their literature if they actually forget about what they think of the literature, and focus on the intentions of that literature.

Posted by The Gentle Giant at February 4, 2007 2:35 PM
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