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ERIC Number: ED078409
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972
Pages: 307
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An Experimental Technique for Assessing Readers' Responses to Structural Principles and Clues to Order in a Poem.
Millett, Nancy Carlyon
In this study of high school and college students' responses to structural principles and clues to order in poetry, four groups of students were tested: Groups I and II were high school sophomores and seniors enrolled in an English class for "average" learners; Group III were college sophomore English majors in a course in intrinsic literary criticism; and Group IV were college senior English majors in a course in extrinsic literary criticism. Subjects were asked to (1) assemble an eleven line poem from fourteen strips from Theodore Roethke's "The Manifestation," of which one was the title; four were half lines, and nine were whole lines; (2) to explain their choices; and (3) to check any or all of 26 clues to order they thought they had used to choose strips for these line positions. Results confirmed the hypotheses that (1) readers at different levels of schooling respond to different structural principles; and (2) those same readers perceive different clues to structural principles. The study also discusses numerous conclusions derived from the data related to levels of schooling and levels of recall and recognition of structural principles in poetry. (Author/DI)
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Note: Ed.D. Dissertation, University of Colorado