CONTENTS:- Introduction; I. Rhetoric: 1. Simple sense; 2. The scope of metaphor; 3. Love and the motor car; 4. Motivation; 5. The fidelity of a translation; 6. General attitudes preventing approach; 7. Detailed problems of interpretation, tenor and vehicle; 8. The influence of theories; 9. Definite; II. Grammar: 10. What is grammar? 11. Basic English in the study of interpretation; 12. Elementary difficulties in reading; 13. What thought about language should not be like; 14. Natural connexions of sound and sense; 15. The doctrine of usage; 16. The teaching of the doctrine; 17. Grammar and logic; III. Logic:; 18. The interpretation of is; 19. Some senses of is; 20. True by definition; 21. Logical machinery and empty words; 22. Logical machinery: some uses; 23. The essential and the accidental, and the freedom in definition; Appendix: some suggestions towards classroom exercises.
I.A. Richards was the most influential of the first generation of academic literary theorists. This book shows that Richards' position was distinct from the emerging consensus in university literary education. Richards is often misunderstood as a master of a now superseded school of academic criticism and a forerunner of an institutionalized classroom method. This book will allow today's scholar and researcher to discover that Richards was actually one of its most severe critics.