George Whalley: Poetic Process

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Poetic Process: an essay in poetics is a significant contribution to the modern critical understanding of how poems come into being. The inquiry focuses on the process of writing by carefully considering the integrity of art, the activity of perception, and the work of the imagination and its relationships with other aspects of the mind and thought. The argument differentiates the thinking that results in poetry from that which results in science.

Two interwoven strands of argumentation bind together the roads of exploration that diverge and converge at different moments in the book. The first is the view that art is a process of discovery in which a self-realization occurs for both the poet and the poem. Variations of …

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DiSanto, Michael. "Poetic Process". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 29 November 2013
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