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Comment author: David_Gerard 15 April 2011 08:27:45PM *  2 points [-]

I should note it here too:

It occurs to me that verbal overshadowing of feelings may be some of what people are complaining of when they consider explaining to constitute explaining away: where a good verbal description pretty much screens off one's own memories. This is part of the dangerous magic the good art critic wields - and why it's possibly more dangerous to an artist's art to read their positive reviews than their negative ones. It's a mechanism by which the explanation does, in fact, overshadow the feelings. So I have more sympathy for Keats having learnt of verbal overshadowing than I did before.