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The Poem as Icon: A Study in Aesthetic Cognition
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The Poem as Icon: A Study in Aesthetic Cognition (Hardback)

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Poetry is the most complex and intricate of human language used across all languages and cultures. Its relation to the worlds of human experience has perplexed writers and readers for centuries, as has the question of evaluation and judgment: what makes a poem "work" and endure.

The Poem as Icon focuses on the art of poetry to explore its nature and function: not interpretation but experience; not what poetry means but what it does. Using both historic and contemporary approaches of embodied cognition from various disciplines, Margaret Freeman argues that a poem's success lies in its ability to become an icon of the felt "being" of reality.

Freeman explains how the features of semblance, metaphor, schema, and affect work to make a poem an icon, with detailed examples from various poets. By analyzing the ways poetry provides insights into the workings of human cognition, Freeman claims that taste, beauty, and pleasure in the arts are simply products of the aesthetic faculty, and not the aesthetic faculty itself. The aesthetic faculty, she argues, should be understood as the science of human perception, and therefore constitutive of

the cognitive processes of attention, imagination, memory, discrimination, expertise, and judgment.

Essays & WritingLiterary CriticismLiterary studies: poetry & poetsFiction & PoetryPoetryLanguages with Grant & CutlerLearning & Reference By SubjectPhilosophy of languageLanguages with Grant & CutlerLinguisticsPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesPsychologyPsychological theory & schools of thoughtCognitivism, cognitive theory Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc Publication Date: 24/04/2020 ISBN-13: 9780190080419  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Margaret H. Freeman is Professor Emerita, Los Angeles Valley College; past president of the Emily Dickinson International Society (1988-1992); co-director of Myrifield Institute for Cognition and the Arts (; and co-editor of the Oxford University Press series Cognition and Poetics. Her research interests include aesthetics, cognitive poetics, linguistics, literature, and philosophy.

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