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affective fallacy

a proposition in literary criticism that a poem should be analyzed and described in terms of its own internal structure and not in terms of the emotional response it arouses in the reader.
Origin of affective fallacy
First recorded in 1945-50 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Contemporary definitions for affective fallacy

in literary criticism, the theory that poetry's internal structure should be analyzed and described as opposed to its emotional effect on the reader; also, the misconception that a poem's emotional effect on the reader determines its value's 21st Century Lexicon
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