“The Intentional Fallacy” was published by W.K. Wimsatt, Jr. and Monroe C. Beardsley in their book The Verbal Icon in It is widely considered a landmark. Intentional Fallacy. William K. Wimsatt Jr. & Monroe C. Beardsley., revised in. The claim of the author’s “intention” upon the critic’s judgement has been chal-. Introduced by W.K. Wimsatt, Jr., and Monroe C. Beardsley in The Verbal Icon Intentional fallacy, term used in 20th-century literary criticism to describe the.

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Be the first to ask a question about The Intentional Fallacy. But, in my view, the final authority should always be in the work itself, which I’m glad is supported here. It first appeared in Essays in Criticism at Oxford some years ago [], and was in part, I believe, an answer to an essay written many years ago, about twenty at least, by a friend of mine, Monroe Beardsleyand myself, called ‘The Intentional Fallacy.

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Building upon their discussion of the challenges of reading Donne’s poem, Wimsatt and Beardsley conclude their essay wimsattt assessing more generally the challenge of responding to allusions encountered in literature. Well fine, but then should we judge a work by how successful the communication of the intent was?

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Hough asked Professor Wimsatt a question that still resonates today: Lowes’ extensive study of the sources of imagery and language in Coleridge’s poem exhibits one version of the Intentional Fallacy. Art, philosophy of, the study of the nature of art, including such concepts as interpretation, representation and expression, and form.

Forbidding Mourning” illustrates this danger. External evidence could include a writer’s journal, manuscripts, correspondence, or reported conversation. Literary criticismthe reasoned consideration of literary works and issues.

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Instead, the reader should use and rely upon his or her knowledge of wimsayt and literary elements to form a conclusion concerning the thematic focus and unity of the work.

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First of all, how could we ascertain intent? The second type of evidence defined by Wimsatt and Beardsley is “external” to the text. It gives a firm perspective to begin critical examination of any piece of literature.

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Such an formalist approach makes literary meaning accessible to any reader. As a staunch formalist critic, Wimsatt believed in the authority of the poem: Any text you add should be original, not copied from other sources. The poem may hold a private theme for Donne, but this personal quality should not constitute or delimit the public theme and meaning for the reader. What if, hypothetically, the artist was lying, joking, or forgetful?

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