By M. Winkleman, Michael A. Winkelman
Investigations into how the mind really works have resulted in extraordinary discoveries and those findings hold profound implications for examining literature. This research applies fresh breakthroughs from neuroscience and evolutionary psychology on the way to deepen our realizing of John Donne's Songs and Sonnets.
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To beguile the time, Look like the time; bear welcome in your eye, Your hand, your tongue; look like th’ innocent flower, But be the serpent under’t. 62–66) Her utterances still reverberate because this attention to clues for reasoning about our fellow humans lies so deeply ingrained in our 16 A C O G NIT IVE AP P ROACH TO SONGS AND S ONNETS apperceptive tool kit. ” As members of a clever ultrasocial species, people pay very close attention to their conspecifics; at the risk of mixing my metaphors, we are regularly cast in the roles of gossip hound, secret agent, poker player, or actor.
It is like flying: NASA’s cutting-edge Space Shuttle is plenty amazing, but we should not lose sight of how impressive it is that a century after the Wright Brothers and after being bound by gravity for millennia, jet travel across continents and oceans has become routine. Accordingly, this chapter presents an overview of current hypotheses about metaphors, including their relation to thinking in general and normal verbal aptitude; then goes on to examine an indispensable image for comprehending the psyche; and finally, in light of these ideas, tries to untangle the long-running debate over the aesthetic value of Metaphysical verse with recourse to cognitive science.
Ii, 87). After years of experience in which he composed “more thankfull Sonnets . . to love,” read loads of vernacular authors, and “applied himself to an incessant study of Textual Divinity,” he was deeply impressed by poetry’s paradoxical power (Image, 19; Walton, 46). 11 Indeed, something so fundamental that it can almost appear to be hidden in plain sight is that language makes suasion possible. Humans employ “rhetorique” all the time: to inveigle, warn, coax, convince, induce, beg, spin, etc.
A Cognitive Approach to John Donne’s Songs and Sonnets by M. Winkleman, Michael A. Winkelman