Awesome Quote about Writing

Posted: September 2, 2011 in Uncategorized

[Stock responses] have their opportunity whenever a poem invokes views and emotions already dully prepared in the reader’s mind, so that what happens is more of the reader’s doing than the poet’s [emphasis mine]. The button is pressed, and then the author’s work is done, for immediately the record starts playing in quasi- (or total) independence of the poem which is supposed to be in its origin or instrument.

Method and Madness: The Making of a Story by Alice LaPlante, page 7 (quoting I. M. Richard’s Practical Criticism)

Although the above quote deals with poetry, it’s taken from my creative writing text book


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