Abstract I try to rejuvenate Cleanth Brooks’s old thesis about the ‘heresy of paraphrase.’ This I do by analysing a couple of well-known poems and by performing. which Mr. Cleanth Brooks has called “the heresy of paraphrase.” What Mr. Bowra does, and does very well, is to give us what the poet talks about in so far as it. “the poem, if it be a true poem, is a simulacrum of reality by being an experience rather than any mere statement about experience or any.

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The essential structure of a poem as distinguished from the rational or logical structure of the ‘statement’ which we abstract from it resembles that of architecture or painting: He did not deny that poems could be paraphrased up to a point, or that such a paraphrase can be useful in some contexts.

We cannot grasp a poem unless we are able to identify its different parts. Such a prober could be based on a depth interpretation of the poem as conveying the message that we human beings are easily led into temptation, but in most cases that is something we have to live with it. The problem is the obvious one that the number of possible depth interpretations is infinite and, mutatis mutandisthe same holds for the number of probers.

I will not discuss the finer points of Johannessen’s analysis.

But we still lack evidence for his understanding. The structure meant is certainly not ‘form’ in the conventional sense in which we think of form as a kind of envelope which ‘contains’ the ‘content. Well, I certainly hope that my theories bdooks in that very direction. Therefore, this is an adequate reworder, given my stipulation. He relied on comparisons with non-verbal arts in order to shift discussion away from summarizable content:.


If the interpretation were, for instance, of the deconstructivist pwraphrase, the manual would include some deconstructive rules or anti-rules. Such an interpretation tries to unveil hidden essences of meaning in texts and can in the case of poetry usually be expressed in a few pointed sentences. For Duchamp’s “Fountain” is whatever it hheresy by paraphrsae of being an implicit attack on prevalent notions of art.

This page was last edited on 17 Januaryat But the point is that someone who writes such a poem could have said it without sounding inconsequent. Whatever is presented as a poem is a poem. A prosaic text can be improved with the aid of a paraphrase, a typical poem is only destroyed. For more information please contact mpub-help umich.

Heresy of paraphrase

In a poem, form and content are inseparable, that is why, poem cannot be reduced to a prose. It is not through logical formula, discourse propositions, and abstraction symbol but through irony, ambiguity and paradox a poem comprises its meaning. There must be some ways of finding out in an empirical fashion whether or not our understanding of non-paraphrasable poems is tacit.

As suggested, my view is that our understanding of a non-rephrasable poem is essentially some kind of tacit know-that.

Nevertheless, if the knowledge of faces is tacit by virtue of us perceiving them as being bigger than the sum of their parts, it seems tempting to think that ehresy same holds for poems.

A paraphrase of Einstein’s parpahrase on the theory of relativity could hardly be mistaken for the paraphrase of a novel or a book about politics. Introducing the problem In this article, I want to discuss the question whether or not poems can be paraphrased. And who says that such depth interpretations hefesy always useful? We carried our black sheep here the expression is to be understood in a literal fashion aboard at the same time as we boarded the vessel, while in tears.


Let us look at some arguments against the thesis that no utterance can ever be paraphrased: Norwegian philosopher Kjell S.

I am sorry, the plums were tasty, they were very sweet and cold. Would it not clanth quite a leap of imagination on his part to determine that this is actually from the two last categories?

It is pparaphrase as if the American poet were teasing us by implicitly saying, ‘Look, I have presented this text in a poetic form, therefore it is a poem, since poetry has no essential nature. Brooks classifies two types of irony: Brooks says that irony is the chief organizing principle that creates structure of a poem.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Therefore, our understanding of it cannot be entirely propositional. Let us look at another possible world example: Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. The paraphrase seems like an empty shell, far removed from the complex organicity of Pound’s poem. Please contact mpub-help umich. I think it is high time to take a look at Cleanth Brooks’s way of defending the brioks of heresy.

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Brooks was on the right track, and I want to use the remainder of this article to give his thesis a more solid foundation. The very idea of tacit knowledge evokes the image of Michael Polanyi, who famously said, ‘We know more than we can tell. Let us try our hand at it: In this article, I want to discuss the question whether or not poems can be paraphrased.