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Ideas of W Wimsatt/W Beardsley, by Text

[American, fl. 1954, Professors at Yale and Temple Univerities.]

1954 The Intentional Fallacy
žI p.92 The author's intentions are irrelevant to the judgement of a work's success
žI p.93 The thoughts of a poem should be imputed to the dramatic speaker, and hardly at all to the poet
žI p.93 Poetry, unlike messages, can be successful without communicating intentions
žII p.94 The intentional fallacy is a romantic one
žIV p.98 Biography can reveal meanings and dramatic character, as well as possible intentions