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Re: Symbolic Interpretation
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.0117  Monday, 21 January 2002

[1]     From:   Don Bloom <
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        Date:   Friday, 18 Jan 2002 14:26:21 -0600
        Subj:   Re: SHK 13.0113 Re: Symbolic Interpretation

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        Date:   Friday, 18 Jan 2002 09:57:25 -0600
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Subject: 13.0113 Re: Symbolic Interpretation (was Pregnant
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.0113 Re: Symbolic Interpretation (was Pregnant
Gertrude)

Martin Steward notes that it doesn't matter if the origin of some symbol
or other aspect of a work of art has its basis in some accidental
circumstance. The text (or picture) is there to be interpreted on what
it appears to mean -- what it is "doing."

Let me offer an anecdote. Years ago when I was TA and teaching freshman
comp, I was discussing Frost's "Stopping by Woods" one day, and trying
to get the students to see the overtones of death in his imagery. One
student then said that he'd heard that Frost had said the poem wasn't
about death, it was about stopping in the woods on snowy.

I responded that, first, I'd have to see the source to be sure Frost
actually said it. Second, I'd have to be sure he meant it, and wasn't
just making an annoyed artist's response to a journalist

 

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