The Abstract Of Figurative Language Essay

1674 WordsOct 20, 20167 Pages
Context is Everything It is clear that as representational theory opposes enactive theory, so does modernism oppose postmodernism. The question is: Which is more accurate? To this question, I turn to poetry. Poetry (and other forms of art) are able to take words that are pragmatically nonsense and create a sense of meaning out of them. Of course, I am making sweeping generalizations of poetry, and not all poems are pragmatic nonsense so I must clarify. When I speak of poetry and art, I am speaking specifically about the figurative language used within them--language that disallows its readers to create internal representations. Going by representational theory, and a modernist approach, figurative language in poetry would fail to be perceived and would not present its “unique truth,” and thus be “bad art.” The representational theory states that for every unique object there is a unique perception, and thus it follows the modernist approach that words (object/signifier) have a singular significance (perception). In representational theory, the context of the words and the subject’s knowledge of prior things that are similar to the object does not influence the perception of the object. The word and its meaning are independent of the subject’s prior knowledge (culture), and the object’s context (environment). The figurative language would fail to be perceived because the words presented in figurative language are nonliteral and do not carry meaning outside of the poem, and
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