A Study of the Optimal Innovation Hypothesis in "a Poem for the War" from Qeisar Aminpur

Document Type : Research Paper


Assistant Professor. Kashmar Higher Education Institute


According to optimal innovation hypothesis, pleasure hinges on recognizing the familiar in the novel. This is like deviation and foregrounding in the literature and language. This research is to test the hypothesis that pleasure in "a Poem for the War" by Qeisar Aminpur is due to innovation and familiarity not mere innovation. First, deviated samples of this poem were extracted according to Leach's template and two Persian literature experts adjusted reliability in form and content. Then, using questionnaires, the participants were asked to rate the familiarity of each expression on a 1-7 familiarity scale. The results showed that deviated expressions in the mentioned poem are not fully innovative and have some shades of familiarity. Therefore, the hypothesis was adjusted.


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Volume 8, Issue 2
January 2018
Pages 79-96
  • Receive Date: 08 July 2017
  • Revise Date: 09 August 2017
  • Accept Date: 09 September 2017
  • First Publish Date: 22 December 2017