Psychological processes behind the comprehension of a poetic text

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    In addition to the psychological operations which are typical of the reading processes of most regular texts, such as recall of memory schemes, developing hypotheses and tests of relevance, I suggest that in the reading of poetic texts there would be at least two additional kinds of processes; namely the process by which the reader discovers analogies, and compares them, and the process of drawing conclusions from this comparison. The predisposition of a poetry reader is characterized by (a) the tendency to process a maximum of information from memory schemes that are evoked during reading; and (b) the reader's readiness to process information expressed similarly to metaphors. That is, to process pieces of information whose meanings would not be considered consistent if taken literally.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)43-66
    Number of pages24
    JournalInstructional Science
    Issue number1
    StatePublished - Feb 1980

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Education
    • Developmental and Educational Psychology


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