February 24, 2005

Dulce et Utile

The author of Dulce et Utile gave some very interesting ideas on literatary works.
The Roman Poet Horace said that Literature is 'sweet and beautiful' and that it entertains and educates. I suppose that literature can be sweet and beautiful, but I know that it is for entertainment and educational purposes. But for the reader to understand this I think that similar to understanding a work of art, one has to know some background information. I think that this applies especially if the reader wants to be a good critic.

I agree with the notion that "binding together of ideas with words and imagery appealing to the senses, as well as situations evoking an emotional response from the audience." I think that it is part of the writer's job to appeal to the reader's senses. It is through our senses that we learn, so if a writer can not appeal to these senses, what good is the writing?

However, I also agree with this note: 'Hermeneutics, exegesis: arts of textual interpretation; the search for meaning beyond the obvious and the literal.' It is hard sometimes to see the 'meat' of a story, especially if you are not atune to crtical reading. The art of textual interpretaion can be mastered, however, at very high level or that of a beginner. So I think that the key to understanding literature is having an author who writes symbolically and for the senses, as well as a reader who is willing to explore more than the surface.

Posted by MelissaTrecaso at February 24, 2005 6:06 PM