The Intentional Fallacy of W.K. Wimsatt and Monroe C. Beardsley Annotation
Intentions are the primary focus of the Intentional Fallacy, delving into the reliability of critiques and how much the critic can disseminate the intention of the works of poets. Innately flawed, the intentions of works are stained with history and experience of both the poet and the public, where neither can be ignored or excused. Explanations and indications of meaning are sometimes offered, however, this leaves footnotes and sidebars open for the critic's judgment, lending itself to the inclusion of the work. Summary
Works of art, particularly poetry, have long been exhibited to the public for judgment and participation in the examination of the subject matter the artist is exploring, however, the intention of the piece, long thought to be under the thumb of the poet, has recently come under scrutiny. Intention is the mainstay of critiques: what were the thoughts that provoked a work, and why did the poet feel compelled to write such work? Yet, the intention of poems are highly investigated, but highly misunderstood, due to the education and prior knowledge of the reader. "...a kind of commonplace to suppose that we do not know what a poet means unless we have traced him in his reading..." Even when poet feel obligated to explain their works in annotations, their own elucidations elicit questions and inclusion into the piece itself, and judged on the merit of the information given. With poetry being organic in nature, even the explanations poets offer are blemished, tainted with the intention they had in mind, yet filled with the intention the public owns. "Intention is design of plan in the author's mind." The true intention of a work is to convey a message to the reader, whatever message it is that s/he intends on seeing within the words on the page. Interpretation
Intention is folded, tucked into the words of a poem, and left for the reader to discover. Yet this essay makes me...
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