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Glossary of Literary Theory
by Greig E. Henderson and Christopher Brown

Affective fallacy:

A term used by W K. Wimsatt and M. C. Beardsley to describe the "confusion between the poem and its result (what it is and what it does)." According to them, the critic should regard a poetic structure as formally self-sufficient and not commit the error of considering its emotional or pragmatic effects upon a reader.

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