ECON 2010 Lecture 6: Collingwood Notes

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Expressing emotion and arousing emotion: nothing could be more entirely commonplace than to say [the artist] expresses. Expressing an emotion is not the same thing as describing it. A genuine poet, in his moments of genuine poetry, never mentions by name the emotions he is expressing, it describes the emotion, it does not express it. Expressing it, we saw, has something to do with being conscious of it; therefore; if fully conscious of it means being conscious of all its peculiarities, fully expressing it means expressing all its peculiarities. So an artist setting out to produce a certain emotion in his audience is setting out to produce not an individual emotion, but an emotion of a certain kind. The artist proper is a person who, grappling with the problem of expressing a certain emotion, says i want to get this clear. It is no use to him to get something clear, however like it this other thing may be.

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