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The Imaginal Reaction To Poetry
The Imaginal Reaction To Poetry
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Author : June Etta Downey
Publisher : General Books LLC
ISBN# : 9780217628792
Pages : 62
Price :INR 937
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Excerpt from book: IV. SUMMARY AND CONCLUSIONS. 1. Individual differences in the reaction to poetic fragments were clearly brought out by the test just reported. The kind of sense-reaction was less significant than the general characteristics of such reaction, as, for instance, its spontaneity, its imaginative or memorial qualities. The vague but charming images of the "diffluente" were in contrast to the precise images of the "plastique" type. In the case of the first, emotional coloration and kinaesthetic reactions were pronounced; in the case of the second, richness of imagery and definiteness of spatial relationships were emphasized. Felt kinaesthetic reactions appeared more intimate than optical- kinaesthetic reactions, just as a kinaesthetic self-projection appeared to hold greater aesthetic possibilities than a mere visual self-projection. Absorption in the inner speech was shown to exist to various degrees,? the kind of absorption being determined by the predominance of visual, motor, or auditory elements. A motor predominance caused preoccupation with the rhythmic structure of the verse; an auditory favored absorption in the onomatopoetic effects, if the interest was sensorial, or issued in surrender to the dramatic possibilities of impersonation, if the imaginative interest was dominant. 2. The results of the experiment furnish some evidence of the possibility of utilizing the method of style in determination of an authors type- reactions. 3. Vividness of imagery, particularly of visual and olfactory imagery, was shown to contribute to the affective reaction to poetry. In general, the arousal of a predispositional form of imagery increased the pleasantness of the reaction. Apart from the imagery, individual differences in emotional preferences were significant in determining t...


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