February 12, 2007

Who Writes the Rules

Watson, ''Are Poems Historical Acts?'' -- Jerz EL312 (Literary Criticism)

"But then nonsesne can be literature too, and csometimes is-a warning that, if there is a limit to be placed, it may be worth insisting that it should be placed at some remote point."

After discussing in class, the different credentials that one's work must meet to be classified as a particular type of work, this essay helps me to get an even better understanding of exactly how we should view anothers work.

The quote that I picked out caught my eye because Watson explained in simple words that someones nonsense may have a different effect on someone else. I'm sure everyone has heard of the cliche, "Every trashcan has it's lid."

Posted by GinaBurgese at February 12, 2007 8:40 PM | TrackBack

Great connection! The effects of what one person says can have completely different meanings depending on the person that it is being said to. As an experiment once I said the same thing to two of my friends, who are as different as night and day, and one of them took it as a good sign and another thought that the world was coming to an end. It's funny how a simple poem can mean something to the author, but something completely different to a reader.

Posted by: Tiffany at February 14, 2007 10:13 AM

Nonsense is a matter of opinion. Afterall, its essence no sense - which to someone else could be some sense.
I love it.

Posted by: Diana Geleskie at February 15, 2007 2:40 PM

Of course nonsense can be literature, too. Where would be the fun of reading for Wendland's classes if we didn't have Faulkner and his "who I am am I who me I am am me who" and all the other craziness that makes up one of his most famous works? The question really is, what exactly counts as NOT literature?

Posted by: Lorin at February 15, 2007 3:25 PM
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