"These are all forms of complexity, and the good poem is complex because, more than any other kind of discourse, it deals faithfully with our complex experience of the world. It tells us the truth about that experience" (Keesey 80).
What? And to think, I really respected Keesey after the first chapter. He keeps discussing that the more complex the piece of literature is, the more meaning we can find out of it. That actually seems like the total opposite. I understand that we are supposed to find meaning right in the text. It seems very difficult to look at a piece of text without finding a meaning behind the text. But I am going to find myself ripping my hair out of my head trying to take this approach, because just looking at the text itself and admiring value, does not necessarily have me find meaning in a text. I really don't understand how we are not supposed to search for a meaning without looking at what the author meant, or what the reality behind the text represents based off of race, or feminism, or history...or SOMETHING!!! I am really struggling with this approach, so if anyone can help me, I would greatly appreciate it.Posted by The Gentle Giant at February 12, 2007 7:25 PM