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February 26, 2007

Lessing is too Specific

Brann, ''Pictures in Poetry: Keats's 'Ode on a Grecian Urn'' -- Jerz EL312 (Literary Criticism)

"The visual arts depict the pregnant moment while poetry tells of developing actions; they have different temporalities" (245).

Of course they have different temporalities, if they did the exact same thing in the same way we wouldn't have both would we? What a person gets out of studying a poem is going to be very different from what a person gets out of studying a painting. But, both are still imitations of life and both can be used to imitate the same aspect of life, even though they do it differently. Two people can experience the exact same thing and see it, react to it, and remember it quite differently. Why shouldn't art, in all its forms do the same thing? Lessing may see poetry and visual arts as different in "the object of their imitation" but really both really are still imitating life. This specificity is not really useful to our study of art in terms of its mimetic quality.

Posted by LorinSchumacher at February 26, 2007 1:03 AM


I think that what you are getting at is true, however I'm not sure I understand why you don't think this artical was helpful. I thought that it was very helpful to see how art and poetry can work together to give a good depiction of what reality is like. when all the art forms work together to create something it stands to reason that something will come of it eventually.

Posted by: Tiffany at February 28, 2007 7:22 PM

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