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The Poet's Defence The Concept of Poetry from Sidney to Yeats
The Poet's Defence The Concept of Poetry from Sidney to Yeats Author:Jacob Bronowski This volume examines the nature of poetry. Must the poem be regarded as a finished product, which an outside expert, the critic, submits to his techniques of analysis and evaluation, for the benefit of the ultimate consumer? Scientists discuss scientific achievements from the inside; they speak with the voice - through it is not necessarily auth... more »oritative - of the fellow worker. Have not poets done the same for their craft?
Dr. Bronowski addresses his questions to the poets, not the the critics. He discovers no over-all agreement among them. For some, the psychological aspect is dominant, and poetry is primarily a way of arousing emotions. The conclusion is reached, nevertheless, the "the best poets, as I saw and see them, have almost always been sustained by the belief that they have direct access to a kind of truth that is direct and absolute and unique. For them and in them, literature is a profound and immediate form of knowledge."