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Q If the book did not evoke any past memories or associations do you consider it literature Based on which other criteriaI I did not make a very clear connection with the text at all during my reading of it Rosenblat said The readers attention to the text activates certain elements in his past experience-external reference internal response-that have become linked with the verbal symbols This rang true to me for as I was plodding through the text I saw a well crafted story with impressive symbols and techniques but I was never drawn into the story and often found myself putting it down and struggling back to it later Because there was no connection for me it was not really my poem and didnt provide any impact on me My own definition of literature takes two parts the parts from Rosenblats essay such as the connection on a personal level and connecting with experiences the other part of literature for me is the test of time consisting of whether the text has been taken in by other people After all it isnt one person that turns a story into a classic the same should be said of literature Rosenblat said the same idea better than I Keeping the live process of the literary experience before us I shall attempt to look more deeply into the nature of the literary experience and to explore implications for problems of literary theory I think that Rosenblat would agree with me that it might not be literature in my own sense but on the larger scale literature it isII At the beginning of the second semester each individual in our English class with Dr Taylor wrote a small definition of what literature was it is this that I refer to for most of this section Literature is ideas and thoughts written down with a purpose Not a purpose like making a shopping list but rather to
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