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ERIC Number: ED243108
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Mar
Pages: 11
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
A Process Perspective on Poetic Discourse.
Armstrong, Cherryl
A case study of a novice poet based on six interviews reveals significant differences in the writing processes of beginning and experienced poets. While the novice's unfamiliarity with other poets' work or methods of working and his own practice of writing only when he spontaneously finds himself in a certain mood distinguished him as a beginner, the sharpest contrast between the beginner and more experienced poets appeared in his revising practices. Research indicates that experienced poets are extensive revisers, but this poet generally altered little in his drafts. The private nature of his real audience--himself and an occasional friend--influenced his writing, persuading him that he did not need to revise as much as he would if he had a wider audience. He considered his poem complete when he felt that he had expressed what he wanted. He also insisted, however, that a poem must look and sound like a poem, indicating that he applied an aesthetic sensibility to his work. He seemed to be caught between the goals of expressive and transactional writing and those of poetic discourse, which demand that the poet treat the work as an artifact, as something different from self-expression or interpersonal communication. To develop as poets, beginners must begin to write not simply for themselves, but also for an audience of other poets. (MM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Audience Awareness
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (35th, New York City, NY, March 29-31, 1984).