6 oct. 2003

I'm going to be going through Zukofsky's "Test of Poetry" soon. As a way of sharpening my critical faculties. I've was always fascinated by I.A. Richards' experiment of giving students texts without the names of authors. (Of course, he proved they could not read at all.) Nowadays the fashionable thing to say is that, since we always read in a context, this sort of "cold" reading proves nothing at all. It appeals to me, though, in a perverse sort of way. Of course, there is plenty of context either way: I know what Zukofsky is about, the way he is following the example of Pound's ABC of Reading, etc...