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  • "Focusing, framing, scanning - the language of film - and Gombrich's studies in the psychology of perception are used by John Bender to isolate pictorial effects and devices in literature. The theory that he poses, grounded in his analysis of Spenser, "the painter of poets," discriminates between the descriptive and the pictorial in poetry. In elaborating his theory, Mr. Bender examines in detail major segments of The Faerie Queene and the minor poems, considers Spenser's extensive imitation of Ariosto and Tasso, and compares his use of visual materials with that of Chaucer, Shakespeare, Milton, Keats, and Flaubert. The poet, he shows, uses word-painting to create, not merely a visual or decorative image, but a sophisticated psychological effect: Spenser's language leads the reader's imagination far beyond anything he may see in the real world to the writer's world which, though illusory, is convincing."--Jacket."

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