It's the opening sentence of "The Nature of Form," in "Lexicon Rhetoricae"
in _Counter-Statement_. Its action was to move form from the (object)
realm of text to the (human) realm of psychology, hence to make it a
crucial aspect of symbolic action. Later psycholinguistic theories of
reading (such notions as anticipation, closure) seem to me to parallel and
confirm Burke's action in these sentences.
At 04:00 PM 2/22/99 -0800, you wrote:
>A semi-urgent request: can anyone out there (Rick?) give me
>the citation information for Kenneth Burke's famous definition
>of form as "an arousing and fulfillment of desires. A work has
>form in so far as one part of it leads a reader to anticipate
>another part, to be gratified by the sequence." If you can't
>find the quotation, I guess it's still worthwhile putting up
>on the net to read again, eh?
>Sorry to clutter your screens. Will
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