October 19th, 2011

Testing, testing, 1, 2, 3…

Posted by sasha in Uncategorized

That in black ink my love may still shine bright


Though the analysis given on this website gives their evidence strictly from the text, the New Critic would still have a few problems with this interpretation. The emotion that they are extracting the poem doesn’t seem to be strictly from the poem, and this is what the New Critic would disagree with. The emotions they describe aren’t described in the poem. The author is taking liberties here, aren’t they? (According to a New Critic.) Their emotions are leading to the meaning, as opposed to the meaning leading to a meaning, as a New Critic would prefer.
For example, we see it in this excerpt from the website:
“my love = you, the beloved youth; my love for you. The blackness of the ink opposed to the shining brightness of the youth described in the sonnets is part of the miracle of his preservation.”

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  1.    Kevin L. Ferguson said,

    on October 20th, 2011 at 12:26 am

    Looks like you got it. You can also try to just annotate a word or phrase from the line.

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