The Educated Imagination has ratings and 97 reviews. Mohammad said: مطالعه ی این کتاب من را قانع کرد که تخیل واقعا فرهیخته است! در نهایت پی می بریم ک. FOR THE PAST twenty-five years I have been teaching and studying English literature in a university. As in any other job, certain questions stick in one’s mind, . “What good is the study of literature? Does it help us think more clearly, or feel more sensitively, or live a better life than we could without it?” Written in the.
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It’s full of animals and plants and insects going on with their own business, but there’s nothing that responds to you: Jan 04, TK rated it it was amazing Shelves: The Keys to Dreamland 5. Religions present us with imagibation of eternal and infinite heavens or paradises which have the form of the cities and gardens of human civilization, like the Jerusalem and Eden of the Bible, completely separated from the state of frustration and misery that bulks so large in ordinary life.
In the first place, it doesn’t have any conversation. The actions of man are prompted by desire, and some of these desires are needs, like food and warmth and shelter. In my early days I thought very little about such questions, not because I educatsd any of the answers, but because I assumed that anybody who asked them was naive.
I’m not absolutely sure how much I agree, with his reasoning at least, but it’s true that our culture and society is founded on such works and continues to influence them without our even realising or noticing – to be able to clearly see our world in such a way would take a lifetime of study.
While I copied several quotes, I continue to struggle to give a short synopsis of his thoughts on literature. Here are some gems I gathered: In Frye was the Norton professor at Harvard University. Hence there is a progressive element in the study and teaching of literature: It’s the power of constructing possible models of human experience. Educatde Lear is it, as far as drama is concerned; so is Oedipus Rexwritten two thousand years earlier than that, and both will be models of dramatic writing as long as the human race endures.
Compared to music, for example, where a student learns about the diatonic scale and the major relations of notes and chords, literature seems to have few basic principles.
This book is his six lectures, and if you’re hoping for a review as intelligent as this book is, you’ve come to the wrong person.
There is, he says, one myth which includes all myths. In some ways it’s a higher level of existence than the speculative level, because it’s doing something about the world instead of just looking nprthrop it, but in itself it’s a much more primitive level.
I think now that the simplest questions are not only the hardest to answer, but the most eductaed to ask, so I’m going to raise them and try to suggest what my present answers are. When you meet such a character as Micawber in Dickens, you don’t feel that there must have been a man Dickens knew who was exactly like this: When language implies an identification of the speaker and the object, it becomes metaphoric.
Our emotional reaction to the world varies from ‘I like this” to ‘I don’t like this’. He reveals how we use our imaginations constantly, how necessary the imagination is to everything, and how “literature speaks the language of the imagination, and the study of literature is supposed to train and improve the imagination.
The Educated Imagination by Northrop Frye
The world you want to live in is a human world, not an objective one: In the same way, you were happy in spring, With the half colors of quarter-things, The slightly brighter sky, the melting clouds, The single bird, the obscure moon — The obscure moon lighting an obscure world Of things that would never be quite expressed, Where you yourself were eeucated quite yourself And did not edufated nor have to be, Desiring the exhilarations of changes: Now you’re a member of a human society.
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Shelley’s essay is a wonderful piece of writing, but it’s not likely to convince anyone who needs convincing. He was a master in so many fields, literary criticism, philosophy, Biblical scholarship, cultural criticism, and was an able observer of the visual arts. What Stevens calls the weight of primary noon, the A B C of being, and the dominant X is the objective world, the world set over against us. Their questions are all based on this assumption. You can say with Burns, ‘My love’s like a red, red rose’, or you can say with Shakespeare: Aug 30, Jessica Bebenek rated it it was amazing Shelves: Teachers who wish to train their students’ imaginations well and, he adds, you will either be training them to have good imaginations or bad ones–there is no neutral ground will firstly make sure that their students know the whole narrative of the Bible thoroughly.
The Educated Imagination
They’re not really different languages, of course, but three different reasons for using words. We notice in passing that the creative and the neurotic minds have a lot in common. I just finished reading it for the second time in my final year of university and it wowed me again, but in a completely different way.
Indiana University Press- Literary Criticism – pages. What makes our practical life really human is a third level of the mind, a level where consciousness and practical skill come together.
I was thinking nervously of starting university in a few months, altogether doubtful of my worthiness to pursue an English degree, and this caught my eye. His first book, Fearful Symmetrywas published in to international acclaim.
Frye tackles many questions which revolve around the importance of studying literature and an analysis of literature, studying it, and having an imagination.
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There’s the level of consciousness and awareness, where the most important thing is the difference between me and everything else. Frye now deals with the respective claims of the reader and writer, the producer and consumer of literature. For a reader, it is necessary to understand the experience of literature. The rigorous, academic study of literature is slightly foreign to me.
Frye begins by exploring the relation of language and literature. As soon as you use associative language, you begin using figures of speech. The argument goes that in the past people felt that there was a deep connection between the outer world that we perceive and the “world” of our experience. Frye’s proposals for the teaching of literature include an early emphasis on poetry, the “central and original literary form,” intensive study of the Bible, as literature, and the Greek and Latin classics, as these embody all the great enduring themes of western man, and study of the great literary forms: Is it possible that literature, especially poetry, is something that a scientific civilization like ours will eventually outgrow?