This is my first chapter in Rosenblatt's book The Reader, The Text, The Poem. I will be commenting on each chapter as I finish.
My Thoughts-This is rather dense reading. You really have to have a deep foundation in the philosophers and the great poets. I need to read more about them. I am familiar with some but not so much with others. I realized from reading this, that the reader has not had the prominent role in the equation of author, text and reader. The reader has been subjugated to a lesser "behind the scenes" role. The poet and their perspective has been a focus for quite some time. Now Rosenblatt is bringing the reader to a more formidable role. The transactional theory is coming into focus. So far, chapter one has left me with much to ponder and wade through. I am now ready to move onto chapter two. I want to see how the reader will be more involved in the process. Interesting.