What should we do now that the year 2017 is over and 2018 has begun? We harvest the ripened crops of course. Then, we plant more seeds for the future. As I take the time to reflect on the past year, I see my successes and my failures. I thrived in some areas and fell short in others. This is where the lessons are learned. However, lessons are not learned if we have closed our mind’s eye to the act of learning those lessons.
When it comes to literature, there are many critical theories we can use to gain an understanding of the texts we read. It also depends on what perspective we would like to glean that understanding. Applying Psychoanalytic Criticism to a text is one way of understanding the psyche of the author and the psychology behind the text’s meaning and the text’s purpose. Psychoanalytic criticism “argues that literary texts, like dreams, express the secret unconscious desires and anxieties of the author” (Delahoyde). This is where the Id, Ego, and Superego come in. Freud’s model of the psyche consists of the id which is the “instinctive, unconscious part of the personality” (McLeod). The id is Continue reading “Psychoanalitic Criticism: The Use of Force by William Carlos Williams”→
Special Note: Due to a major hurricane that hit Florida this September and the fact that I am still attending online college courses that take up a great portion of my time I haven’t posted according to schedule. Though I do try to keep a schedule, I know it is mostly “miss” than “hit.” I apologize for this. There is nothing worse than checking a blog that has been dormant for too long. I have a subject in mind for my next piece and will have it posted soon–hopefully within the next day or two. Please bear with me.
Writers are unique in the world. Every writer has a special voice and style that is specific to them. An author’s style and voice are as unique as their fingerprints. No matter what genre you prefer to write you still need an ear that is not your own to bounce ideas against. The “what ifs” and “how to’s” need sorting and what better way than to sit down with a fellow writer and friend to discuss your story–or anything else about a writer’s platform. An honest dialogue is important between writers. Continue reading “The Writer’s Dialogue”→
We all want an audience for what we choose to write. Finding that audience is not as easy as you would think. I’m at a real conundrum in my writing. I love to write personal narratives, poetry, and fiction. I like to write fictional stories which usually include dragons. I have written plenty of short personal stories about my youth or about anything that I happen to find inspirational. So, when asked who I think my audience is I stutter and stammer like a child giving their first oral report. Then, I shrug my shoulders. Continue reading “The Audience”→