ERIC Number: ED225186
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Poetry or Propaganda? Relating Reason to Emotion in the Classroom.
Parker, Daniel E.
In the name of responsible argument, persuasive rhetoric need not eschew all the devices used by propaganda. Emotion is not only inevitable in discourse, it is the necessary base for action. Educators should not consider propaganda evil for the very reason they consider poetry good: its emotional power. This kind of thinking creates a specious distinction between literature and life. Poetry and propaganda differ more in the ends they seek than the means they use. Emotion is part of life and part of language. The attempt to remove it is as absurd as it is futile. (JL)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Meeting of the North Idaho Council of English (Coeur d'Alene, ID, October 15-16, 1982).