Caleb Fridell

  • Reading assignment

    I. A. Richards, “The Poetic Experience”

    Writing assignment

    Write a short response (250 words) to the Richards chapter by trying to apply his way of describing the “poetic experience” to […]

    • In the chapter, “The Poetic Experience”, Richards goes into the art of poetry that is developed by the writer and analyzed by the readers. “Poetry was he mental rattle that awakened the attention of intellect in the infancy of civil society…” (13). When someone establishes a poem, the writer presents their work usually with a distinct message. But a poem can have multiple interpretations from the readers based on their personal experiences that influence may influence their views or remind them of a familiar memory to connect to. “We may best make our analysis of the experience that arise through reading these lines, from the surface inwards, to speak metaphorically. The surface is the impression of the printed words on the retina. This sets up an agitation which we must follow as it goes deeper and deeper (17). Richards expresses the importance of looking at a poem beyond it’s words because that is just the surface that is visible to any naked eye. But as readers, it is crucial that you look into a poem with an open mind to be able to dig into the deeper meaning. This concept is visible in Hilda Doolittle’s poem “The Pool”. The one stanza poem leaves everybody guessing “what are you?” (1). It is agitating to not have the amount of information to fill in the blanks and come to a direct conclusion of the poem, but it does allow the audience the opportunity to open interpretations and create a personal message that can be created from one’s experiences or beliefs. Anyone can take the literal approach to say that the author wrote about someone catching something in the water. But having the ability to analyze a poem beyond what the retina sees to understand the deeper meaning of the message is what fulfills the purpose of a poem.

  • Reading Assignment:

    Read the entire Poetry Packet 1. You should read each poem several times, noting in the margins ideas or lines that interest you.

    Writing Assignment:

    These poems are each, in their own […]

    • The one stanza, five-lined, unrhymed 23-word poem, “The Pool” by H.D is a minimalist piece that is difficult to comprehend because of its vague description and unanswered questions. The obvious setting of the poem is taken place at a pool, maybe a tide pool given the fact that the speaker is carrying a net. In the poem, the speaker sees something in the pool, and questions, “Are you alive?” (1) They touch it and using simile to compare the reflex to one that “quiver like a sea-fish.” (1), they then cover the thing with a net. The poem concluded with the person wondering what the thing is. It is unclear who the person is, what the thing is and what it has to do with the individual. The details are straightforward, yet so involved with its hidden messages.
      The poem poses a couple of questions, more than it provides as indicated in the first and last line of the stanza. The million dollar question, “What are you?” (1) What is it that she is looking at? Is it themselves as they look back at her reflection through the water? The person might have been referring to themselves as “you” to explain the difficulty they are having to self-discovery. Or is it something physical that is being held in their hands that reminds them of something? The “you” might be referring to a literal object that may trigger their hippocampus to reflect on their past, present or future. The lack of detail, description, and history of the speaker leaves the reader to have a million interpretations of this simple poem.

  • Reading assignment:

    Terry Eagleton, “Introduction: What is Literature?” Please read this chapter carefully and take notes. It will be helpful to mark important passages, and to mark the places that inspire […]

    • Marianne Moore and Terry Eagleton direct their writing to express the definition of complex words that have been manipulated throughout history through authors and readers. Moore attempts to define poetry as something that is not a “high-sounding interpretation” (3) but something that is “useful” (3). Anybody can take a piece of text and unravel the meaning of it and find the authors purpose, but Moore emphasizes that poetry should be intended to be understood as a personalized message that the reader can appreciate.

      Terry Eagleton uses a similar connotation to attempt explaining literature. He concentrates on “interests” and “values” as a relationship in society and how one evaluates a situation. He states “value-judgments themselves have a close relation to social ideologies” (14). Social ideologies are a set of standards in a community that is considered acceptable and followed. Value Judgment is when an individual acts based on their, escaping the norms. Like Moore, Terry Eagleton attempts to explain that literature can be of value to a person if they can take the unbeaten path to understand the writing for themselves instead of following the general assumptions made about a piece of literature.

      Based on the two authors explanations of what poetry and literature mean, “usefulness” is a flexible word to explain literature because if we can put things into perspective and value the outcome from composition then inevitably it will be useful to us.

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