Modern American Literature The Language We Use
The three principal genre of literature -- the basic definitions and distinctions:
poetry; drama; narrative [prose]
Modes of narrative
Empirical (historical & mimetic)
Fictional (romantic & didactic)
Eye where? Where reader? Truth vs. beauty or goodness/ideal.
Vignettes of character
meditations (meditative poetry)
irony as sole/principal mode (Edgar Lee Masters) or occasional mode (Robinson)
Rhyme and repetition
The importance of the speaker/persona of the poem
refresh the mundane
dense, compact, and original
the effect (on reader) of dialogue
to contemplate the objects of our own imaginative/intellectual construction
What does the poem/narrative require us to bring to it, to know beforehand?
The search for order: do we find it in nature, in familiar objects, in our imaginations or reasoning powers, in the past, in canonical literature, among the ancients, in myths, etc.?
Meaning in poetry is like the burglar's meat for the housedog.
The Objective Correlative -- "emotion!" cf. "imagisme"-- "an intellectual and emotional complex in an instant of time."
Objective reality -- objectivism; imagisme
states of consciousness
Melapoeia, Phanopoeia, Logopoeia
the significance of the title!
aesthetic properties -- what about the piece might be called "beautiful"? (see MPL, above) Aubrey Beardsley said "beauty is difficult." Philip Sydney said "all art aspires to the condition of music." What do you say?
Which poet and/or poems do you prefer? How does your selections compare to(and clarify) your favorite narratives/novelists? What properties do you prefer, including those not embodied by your selected authors/examples?
What terms and insights can you add to this list?