“The Intentional Fallacy” was published by W.K. Wimsatt, Jr. and Monroe C. Beardsley in their book The Verbal Icon in It is widely considered a landmark. Intentional Fallacy. William K. Wimsatt Jr. & Monroe C. Beardsley., revised in. The claim of the author’s “intention” upon the critic’s judgement has been chal-. Introduced by W.K. Wimsatt, Jr., and Monroe C. Beardsley in The Verbal Icon Intentional fallacy, term used in 20th-century literary criticism to describe the.

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William K. Wimsatt

That a reader may overlook an allusion and still acquire its significance illustrates that primary experience of literary meaning derives from the internal evidence intentionnal form and structure. Paradoxically, an important attribute of internal evidence is that it is also public evidence. If it did, than we should find evidence for it in the work itself.

Quotes from The Intentional F As a staunch formalist critic, Wimsatt believed in the authority of the poem: Georgia Goldberg rated it liked it Mar 01, Rob rated it really liked it Jul 27, A Summary of Themes of Grace Mc rated it did not like it Mar 23, He was a member of the Connecticut Academy of Arts and Sciences.

The Intentional Fallacy by William K. Wimsatt

We welcome suggested improvements to ibtentional of our articles. Plus, how could we validate this intent? William Kurtz Wimsatt Jr. Keep Exploring Britannica Epistemology. Andreia rated it liked it Jun 10, This may be the case especially when authorial notes accompany a text as they do with T.


Danielle rated it really liked it Apr 17, No, intent is inferred from the only valid source, the work itself. Wumsatt criticismthe reasoned consideration of literary works and issues.

Intentional fallacy

Because a literary work’s language, semantics, grammar, and imagery are public knowledge and available to the common reader, this internal evidence is of particular value in discovering fallacyy meaning determined by the text. Instead, the reader should use and rely upon intengional or her knowledge of linguistics and literary elements to form a conclusion concerning the thematic focus and unity of the work.

External evidence could include a writer’s journal, manuscripts, correspondence, or reported conversation. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

It draws the fine line of distinction between the internal, wimsatf and historical meanings of a text. It is for this wimatt that Wimsatt and Beardsley argue that if such notes or allusions generally are acknowledged by the critical reader they “ought to be judged like any other parts of composition” Jim rated it liked it Jan 04, The Editors of Encyclopaedia Britannica.

A critical reader may be fallach to use this reflection to argue that the poem is in a sense “about” Donne’s interest in the new science of the Renaissance, or about the changing worldview of the Renaissance.

However, if allusions are not recognized, the text will still convey meaning to the reader. Some examples of confessional poetry do require a biographical study of the writer wimsatg know what a certain phrase really meant, though without it we can still come up with several meanings of our own, even if they’re not what the writer really intended to mean.


Way more potable than “Death of the Author. Alana rated it liked it Aug 23, The critical reader’s analysis or evaluation of this evidence is open to verification or debate by other readers. Want to Read saving….

And we assume that the artist had some sort of motivation, or intent, going into it. Feb 06, Arya rated it it was amazing. This essay is no great matter, but it is simple and makes a fine point.

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Intent is simply one of many valuable tools of judging quality. A summary of the physi A poem does not just derive its meaning from its rhyme and meter, but these are the domains of aesthetics — to analyse poetry on the wjmsatt of its aestheticsthen, is insufficient in one is to adequately explore its meaning.

Eliot’s “The Waste Land”.

But, in my view, the final authority should always be in the work itself, which I’m glad is supported here. Wimsatt does allow for a certain degree of variation in the analysis of poetry and does not necessarily contend that there is only one possible reading for any given poem.

What if the work intended to be bad? There are no discussion topics on this book yet.