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The Science of Literature. What is Formalism?. Also referred to as “New Criticism”. Relies solely on the text for analysis (no author biography, no cultural background). Breaks down literary/poetic devices. ID: 288528 Download Presentation

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Formalism:

The Science of Literature

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What is Formalism?

Also referred to as “New Criticism”

Relies solely on the text for analysis (no author biography, no cultural background)

Breaks down literary/poetic devices

How they’re used

Why they’re used

Examines how the author is creating emotion within the text

Why is it funny/sad/infuriating?

What language creates this feeling?

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Why “Row, row, row your boat” is a poetic gem

Row, row, row your boatGently down the stream.Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrilyLife is but a dream.

Repetition and syllable stress:

Mirrors a rower’s stroke

Creates a rhythm that can be felt

Poetic devices:

Second and fourth lines contain end rhyme

First line uses assonance between “row” and “boat”

Third line becomes onomatopoetic

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Why “Row, row, row your boat” is a poetic gem

Row, row, row your boatGently down the stream.Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrilyLife is but a dream.

It’s

your

boat

Gives the audience control

Allows you to envision your own rowboat

It’s done “gently”

No sense of urgency

Goes with the literal flow of the stream

“Life is but a dream”

Focuses on the impermanence of things

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Big Concepts in Formalism

Defamiliarization

Story vs. Plot

Practical vs. Poetic Language: A measure of Literariness

Form

& Stylistic Devices

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Early Spring Aubade

The branches outside this office windowtoo often block the light, but today the earlymorning sun wavers, then prevails, stipplingthis space with a tentative dawn that crawlstoward an even more fragile day. All the failuresof my life on earth are erased in this quiveringgrace that works its lacy way through its owncurious birth. This is the one appointed hourthat comes and gives and goes again—too soon—the briefest visit, that leaves this faltering glow,the gift of a faint, definite urging, the finestpower we have—so close, this close to Love. -Mary M. Brown

Level 1: Sketch the scene with specific attention to setting

Level 2: Take note of poetic devices: What are they and why are they used?

Level 3: What else catches your attention? Why?

Level 4: Outline main topics in a Formalist essay about this poem.


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