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Taste Spoiled By Sweetness

Taste Spoiled By Sweetness

This entry is part 54 of 63 in the series Ten Mangled Words You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

A discussion of taste is one of the most difficult (and unrewarding) ones to have, for most people are unreflective about their likes. “I know what I like!” is supposed to end the discussion, followed up with “different strokes for different folks”. Aesthetic immaturity is one of the reasons for a discrepancy in taste among… Continue Reading

The Sentimentality Trap

The Sentimentality Trap

Benjamin Myers is poet laureate of the State of Oklahoma and Professor of Literature at Oklahoma Baptist University. He offers an article in First Things that deals with recognizing sentimentality in poetry. Here is a sample: Sentimentality is a defect in the quality, not the quantity, of feeling in a poem. But how is a… Continue Reading

Brooks and Warren on Sentimentality

Brooks and Warren on Sentimentality

“The presence of this straining for an emotional effect is one of the surest symptoms that one is dealing with a case of sentimentality. In its general sense sentimentality may be defined as an emotional response in excess of the occasion. We speak of a person who weeps at some trivial occurrence as being sentimental.… Continue Reading

Sweetly Destructive

Sweetly Destructive

Sentimentalism would not be high on pastors’ lists of threats to the church, were they to be polled for such a thing. False doctrine, lack of commitment, entertainment culture, the homosexual lobby, Youtube attention spans, radical Islam, the prosperity gospel, declining missions, pornography, moral failure in leaders, pragmatism and a host of others might be… Continue Reading