Ideas of W Wimsatt/W Beardsley, by Theme

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

idea number gives full details    |    back to list of philosophers    |     expand these ideas
21. Aesthetics / C. Artistic Issues / 1. Artistic Intentions
Intentions either succeed or fail, so external evidence for them is always irrelevant
The author's intentions are irrelevant to the judgement of a work's success
The thoughts of a poem should be imputed to the dramatic speaker, and hardly at all to the poet
Poetry, unlike messages, can be successful without communicating intentions
The intentional fallacy is a romantic one
21. Aesthetics / C. Artistic Issues / 8. Context of Art
Biography can reveal meanings and dramatic character, as well as possible intentions