Kara Candito

Another Troubled but Loving Relationship (between rational (?) and irrational (?) poetic imagery)

April 30, 2012 | No Comments

In “Gatekeepers (Part Three), on comparing apples to desperate, near-extinct marsupials braving the Pacific in coconut dinghies,” Sean Bishop, guest-blogging for Ploughshares, wonders why and how it is that poets lack a vocabulary for addressing more disjunctive or surrealĀ  poetic imagery.

All of this calls to mind Lorca’s notion of the hecho poetico, which can be translated as a poetic act, or fact, but not poetic asp.

This is Sean’s diagram for teaching undergraduate workshop students about the difference between literal images (referents) and surreal images.



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