A Conversation in Progress II


  1. Joseph Hutchison
    Joseph Hutchison March 19, 2008 at 3:54 pm .

    Hi, Reginald—<BR/><BR/>I would never argue that intention must exist before one sits down to write. But if intention doesn’t come into being before the poem’s done, I don’t see how the poem can matter to the poet or to the reader. Besides, I still think you’re construing "intention" in a narrower way than I am. Maybe one’s conscious intention is simply to "write a good poem," but don’t you think

  2. Reginald Shepherd
    Reginald Shepherd March 18, 2008 at 11:58 pm .

    Hi Joseph,<BR/><BR/>Thanks for the continuing attention on your blog, which I much appreciate.<BR/><BR/>One point that I didn’t make but should have, and will make now, is the difference between the significance of intention for the author and the importance of intention for the reader. These are two entirely different things.<BR/><BR/>I must confess that I rarely set down to write with a

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