Psychological Characteristics Of Psychological Criticism Essay examples

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Can a poem actually have psychological characteristics that influence how we view the story that is being told? That is what will be found out at the end of this essay when psychological criticism is used to conduct a view on the author or speaker’s motivation in the poem “A Narrow Fellow in the Grass”. Finding disguised psychological traits such as fear, love, or hate. Also, finding out specific developmental concepts that help to explain the behavior’s that are portrayed by the speaker or author in this poem. Now, to find out if any type of psychological characteristic may connect to “A Narrow Fellow in the Grass” it will be analyzed line by line to find any type of associations in the poem to psychological ideology. First off, the first stanza begins the poem off in a subtle, but precarious way. The poem starts the reader off with a riddle which in due reading lets us know that this “narrow Fellow” who is in the grass, is a snake. In the first two lines “A narrow Fellow in the Grass/ Occasionally rides” (lines 1-2) the snake is personified as if he is a human. This is strange at first glance, but then we get to lines three and four which state “You may have met him? Did you not/ His notice instant is” (lines 3-4). From a psychological criticism point of view we can see that the speaker has fear in him when he sees “something” moving through the grass… even asking the reader or whoever the speaker is communicating to if they saw the snake. In line four the reader is…

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