The Educated Imagination has ratings and 97 reviews. Mohammad said: مطالعه ی این کتاب من را قانع کرد که تخیل واقعا فرهیخته است! در نهایت پی می بریم ک. FOR THE PAST twenty-five years I have been teaching and studying English literature in a university. As in any other job, certain questions stick in one’s mind, . “What good is the study of literature? Does it help us think more clearly, or feel more sensitively, or live a better life than we could without it?” Written in the.

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He wrote an essay called Four Ages of Poetrywith his tongue of course in his cheek, in which he said that poetry was the mental rattle that awakened the imagination of mankind in its infancy, but that now, in an age of science and technology, the poet ecucated outlived his social function.

Anyone not confident in their ability to understand “Literature. The writer designsspecifically for the purpose of — what? Frye offers, in addition, challenging and stimulating ideas for the teaching of literature at lower school levels, designed The wind moves like a cripple among the leaves And repeats words without meaning.

You are commenting using your Facebook account. There are lots of great quotes, and it’s very readable, even if you don’t have a background in English Lit. His study of Blake’s poetry was a major contribution. The final talk is addressed to readers rather than writers, consumers of literature, rather than producers. He lives in the days that are past.

Notice the word ‘want’: When you meet such a character as Micawber in Dickens, you don’t feel that there must have been a man Dickens knew who was exactly like this: In this area we can never say clearly where the art stops and the science begins, or vice versa.

That’s overly simplified and there’s no doubt a better way of summing it up, but that’s what I’ve come up with. You are commenting using your Twitter account.


Suppose you’re shipwrecked on an uninhabited island in the South Seas. You can’t distinguish the arts imaginafion the sciences by the mental processes the people in them use: Karen Glass in a blog post, The Best Books ofintroduced me to this book on December 31, In the world of the imagination, anything goes that’s imaginatively possible, but nothing really happens.

Freedom hinges on the ability to speak to the need but more importantly, having something of substance to say and the courage to speak it when the time is right.

Northrop Frye – The Educated Imagination

Children will find comedy and romance easier educaated grasp first, and will be better able to deal with tragedy and irony in secondary school. What is the function of the teacher and scholar, or of the person who calls himself, as I do, a literary critic? You can say with Burns, ‘My love’s like imaginatoin red, red rose’, or you can say with Shakespeare: That is so because myths are conventional, because one myth inspires another.

This is the area of the applied arts and sciences, and it appears in our society as engineering and agriculture and medicine and architecture.

Tom Willard’s Study Guide to “The Educated Imagination”

Frye lays out, in clear and eloquent language, the argument for the study of literature and the arts. I recommend this to every breathing human being.

The first page asks the question which Frye spends the rest of the book answering: His first suggestion is that literature can educate the imagination: I love books, but I didn’t always have much appreciation for English. It was interesting but not what I felt like reading.

It seems to abruptly end when there felt like more could have been said. Northrop Frye is a famous Canadian English literature professor who wrote quite a few books on literary theory, among other achievements. The Bible and Literature. The Educated Imagination looks at so many topics: He was a major influence on, among others, Harold Bloom and Margaret Atwood.


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If the ship you were wrecked in was a Western ship, you’d probably feel that your intellect tells you more about what’s really there in the outer educayed, and that your emotions tell you more about what’s going on inside you.

Northrop Frye was one of the most imagijation and respected authorities on English literature. This wasn’t smart, as this very short and very intellectually rigorous book is truly meant to be very carefully and perhaps even all at once, since it is one cohesive argument all throughout.

In some ways it’s a higher level of existence than the speculative level, because it’s doing something about the world instead of just looking at it, but in itself it’s a much more primitive level.

Overall, a commendable book because he has succeeded at a noble task that is worth re-reading again and again I know I will be doing that myself, and I look forward to it! These include Fables of Identity: You’d be better to read the book itself.

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Privacy Notice Accessibility Help. House of AnansiMar 1, – Literary Criticism – pages. Addressed to educators and general readers—the “consumers of literature” from nortyrop walks of life—this important new book explores the value and uses of literature in our time. What makes our practical life really human is a third level of the mind, a level where consciousness and practical skill come together.

But there’s also a desire to bring a social human form into existence: Truth is, I have partially read it four times.