Kenneth Burke Psychology And Rhetoricicae Summary

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Kenneth Burke, in “Psychology and Form” and “Lexicon Rhetoricae,” two brief essays in his book Counterstatement (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1968), writes that the most profound effects of a work of art are created by the repetition of form; the creation of expectations in a reader through repeated and carefully varied devices, as well as through information, enhances our excitement about information by baffling our emotional expectation, and finally satisfies us with increasingly complex style and devices as well as with plot complications. Language, symbolism, and dramatic action fuse at the end of the work. Burke cautions us to beware of the tyranny of the informational, as characters, and even authors—especially the humorist
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