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Poetry as Power The Dynamics of Cognitive Poetics as a Scientific and Literary Paradigm [PDF]

Abstract: In this paper, I consider some of the ways Cognitive Poetics can contribute to the restoration of the humanities as a significant approach to the study of human cognition. In particular, I show in discussing several poems by Dickinson and one by Frost how Cognitive Poetics can 1) account for a reader’s comprehension and articulation of the writer’s aesthetic achievements; 2) distinguish between prototypical and peripheral readings of a literary text, and evaluate the various interpretations produced by readers; 3) can describe the aesthetic effects of the text itself.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 23

Keywords: cognitive poetics, humanities, aesthetics, Dickinson, Frost

Philosophy and the Poetic Imagination – NYTimes.com

Poetry can help awaken us to the richness of the language that surrounds us, even in the seeming cacophony of the digital age.

Daughter Number Three

“A filing cabinet full of stuff I have stumbled across. But you can’t keep everything.”

Ursula K. Le Guin: On Rules of Writing, or, Riffing on Rechy

“When Rules Are Made to be Broken,” (LATBR, October 6, 2002), John Rechy attacks three “rules of writing” that, as he says, go virtually unchallenged in most fiction workshops and writing classes: Show, don’t tell — Write about what you know — Always have a sympathetic character for the reader to relate to. I read the piece cheering and arguing all the way.

Docear — The Academic Literature Suite

Cross platform software that integrates everything you need to search, organize and create academic literature into a single application

Structural differences between poetic and prosaic genres of Ainu In favour of the corpus-based approach to linguistic typology [PDF]

Here, I am going to argue in favour of the corpus-based approach to linguistic typology, since there are many languages for which the texts of a ‘new generation’, i.e. fully glossed and annotated texts with translations and attached audio files, are already available, and even more will appear in the nearest future. On the other hand, grammars and dictionaries of the majority of the so-called endangered languages, if there are any, are still very far from being complete.

All About EVE

Eve was created to minimally assist people learn the pronunciation of words across various languages. More broadly, she is a collection of many programs including pattern matching procedures, learning programs, training programs, meta analyses, graph theory programs, authoring programs and optimization routines. Unlike others, Eve is designed to be motivated with “beyond” human-like purpose (e.g. she knows millions of people). Many AI bots have been created to pass the Turing test by convincing (or perhaps fooling) people that computer communications or conversations are human in origin. Eve is not designed to act like a human (that’s what friends are for), but rather to perform tasks that humans cannot achieve (e.g. learning all of the world’s languages, or writing didactic poems for every word in the dictionary, etc.). In this regard, she is more a creative knowledge bot (being able to create new knowledge, for example, using statistical programs or graph theory), rather than a chat bot.