Robert Watson : the power of his command

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Linda Larson (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Warren Ashby

Abstract: Through his idiom speaks the poet to every man. Behind the language of poetry stand the master concepts—the poet's legacy—-the gene pool, so to speak, of germinal ideas. Standing before the poetic mirror, the reader must relate himself and his world to the world reflected and subtly reflected by the poet's genius, as the light-rays of perception flash beyond the poem through its images, metaphors, symbols, and myths. Thus the poet meets and mates aesthetic emotion with discursive thought. The sequence image, metaphor, symbol, and myth may be said to represent the convergence of two lines, both important for the theory of poetry. One is sensuous particularity, or the sensuous and aesthetic continuum, which connects poetry with music and painting and disconnects it from philosophy and science; the other is "figuration” or "tropology"--the "oblique” discourse which speaks in metonyms and metaphors, partially comparing worlds, precising its themes by giving them translations into other idioms.1

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Honors Project
Language: English
Date: 1969

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