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By I. A. Richards

A landmark of twentieth-century feedback that supplied new criteria and new options for reading literature. "Richards is a grasp of the psychology of feedback" (Saturday Review). Index.

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Mood. The to A more serious subject fits assonance suggestion meet such strictures is better my serious working probably an attempt as we have on the rhymes noticed above. It is slightly surprising, in view of the subjectmatter of the poem, that mnemonic irrelevance did not have more play. One writer was on his guard. 2'5 I fear I am not an impartial judge, as the lines inevitably associate themselves with a scene and experience which I value. elsewhere in the protocols is so great its absence.

C. Next may come those difficulties that are connected with the place of imagery principally , visual imagery, in poetic reading. They arise in part from the incurable fact that we differ immensely in our capacity to visualise, and to Also produce imagery of the other senses. the importance of our imagery as a whole, as well as of in some pet our mental particular type of image, lives varies surprisingly. Some INTRODUCTORY 15 minds can do nothing and get nowhere without images others seem to be able to do everything and get anywhere, reach any and every state of thought and feeling without making use of them.

If this be so, what bearing has the truth-value of the views upon the worth of the poetry ? Even if it be not so, if the beliefs are not really contained or implied, but only seem so to a nonpoetical reading, what should be the bearing of the reader's conviction, if any, upon his estimate of the poetry ? Has poetry anything to say ; if not, why not, and if so, how ? Difficulties at this point are a fertile source of confusion and erratic judgment. I. I now to a different order of difficulties, the of technical presuppositions have to be noted.

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