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In Response to John Crowe Ransoms Theory After reading Wimsatt Beardsleys articles I found that I agree with many of their ideas concerning New Criticism I see nothing wrong with focusing on the work objectively by paying attention to dramatic form and theme and I admire how the theory is audience-centered It claims that its important to separate the writing process from the reading process And along the same line lies Ransoms argument His premise insists that there should be a structural understanding of poetrywhere it is not to be confused with a poets bibliography or intentions the audiences response to the poem or the uses to which it may be put451 Ranson I agree and disagree with his interpretations I think Ransoms first point of excluding a poets bibliography and intentions is very interesting New Criticism says that as a reader one must look directly at the piece for true understanding I find that I agree and disagree with that perspective On the opposing side knowing the upbringing of the author and the historical context can add great depth to the meaning of a piece as a whole On the other hand by separating the work from the author the reader has a greater probability of achieving a purer less bias interpretation Approaching it from each of these methods would definitely yield quite dissimilar results because preconceptions whether we like to admit it or not have a heavy influence on what a reader takes from a work The second point Ransom made was that an audiences response had to be disregarded to really understand the poem I agree and disagree with this point also I saw how this was related to the Affective Fallacy and it helped clarified one of the main principles of New Criticism A reader has an emotion in response to an idea However meaning before feeling must apply In one respect I think thats fair
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