Using the passage below, please explain in a 2 page paper how this passage either helps illuminate lyric poetry or the act of lyric reading, or develop its insight in a fresh direction. You can use a couple stanzas from a poem to help further your analysis if you would like. Please limit to only one outside source if needed.
The passage is written by Ralph Cohen from the book, “The Lyric Theory Reader”
“Genre has been defined in terms of meter, inner form, intrinsic form, radical of presentation, single traits, institutions, conventions, contracts, and these have been considered either as universals or as empirical historical groupings. In recognition of this multiplicity of definitions, I wish to argue that genre concepts in theory and practice arise, change, and declined for historical reasons. And since each genre is composed of texts that accrue, the grouping is a process, not a determinate category. Genres are open categories. Each member alters the genre by adding, contradicting, or changing constituents, especially those of members most closely related to it. The process by which genres are established always involves the human need for distinction and interrelation. Since the purposes of critics who establish genres vary, it is self-evident that the same texts can belong to different groupings or genres and serve different generic purposes. ” (54)
Ralph Cohen?s book, "The Lyric Theory Reader"
"Genre has been defined in terms of meter, inner form, intrinsic form, radical of presentation,
single traits, institutions,…