12 September 2006

My thoughts exactly

Once again, Dan Green nails it:
In my opinion, to value fiction (or film) primarily for its ability to "make sense" through story is to move it even farther away from poetry (itself the fountainhead of all literature) and to align it with--even make it subservient to--all those other areas of inquiry where "understanding" reigns, however intuitive or partial such understanding might be where literature is concerned.
This makes me want to get back to my James Longenbach reading... (And all my other reading for that matter!)

2 comments:

Robert said...

I agree that while narrative can have an important place in poetry, "understanding" is secondary to a convincing artistic experience.

wjfljql said...

plato thought that this 'understanding' is all there is to the art, which is why he thought they were inferior to philosophy.