February 12, 2007

Read then Apply

Keesey, Ch 2 (Introduction) -- Jerz EL312 (Literary Criticism)

If you read my blogs often, you would know that I hate looking too deep into words on paper, but as I flipped towards Chapter 2 I was once again being asked too. With this being the case, I decided to have an open mind (I can't say for sure I will do this again) and give it a shot.

At the beginning, it was helpful that Keesey provided exampls of the history that might have helped form Anglo-American criticism instead of just simply giveing us time frames, because I will be the first to admit, I do not know much about past history, especially dates.

"At the same time, it would be misleading to suggest that formal criticism represents a new or peculiary modern approach" (76).

I liked the statement above because he was being upfront and honest stating that the approaches that we use today are all influenced by the approaches that we used 50 years ago. It made me want to have an open-mind and trust him, so if that's what he intended, he succeeded.

"The speaker is a character who undergoes emotional changes as the "plot" of the poem moves from mood to mood, from statement to statement, from problem to solutions" (82).

""Poetic form and poetic meaning are inseperable, sre in fact, one and the same thing, and that all relevant criticism must start from this principle" (83).

I didn't know what statement I liked better so I chose both. Keesey did a pretty good job explaning a formalist point of view versus the historical point of view, but its all a matter of how each individual apllies the information. One way is not proven to be better than the other.

Posted by GinaBurgese at February 12, 2007 11:41 PM | TrackBack

I love how you choose quotes, Gina. I know that you hate looking into the text too much... Chaucer... haha... Anyway, I, too, was glad that Keesey was being realistic about the limits of criticism. I know that we're supposed to be confident in our arguments, but that's really difficult when there are a number of those "probable" arguments fighting for the "likely" position in our papers.

Posted by: Karissa at February 13, 2007 10:55 PM

Great analysis Gina, I really think that you nailed it in the last sentence. There really is no one better criticism than another, but every single one provides a perspective that opens a new door for us to learn. I had trouble understanding formalism myself, until I was able to understand that the form itself creates a hidden meaning that the reader can take from reading it. The poem's structure, along with the form, punctuation, stanza break; all of these are important to why the poem itself is an important to the context.

Posted by: Jason Pugh at February 14, 2007 3:53 PM
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