An important principle of New
Criticism was the avoidance of the Intentional
Fallacy: in the words of the coiners of the term, William K.
Wimsatt and Monroe C. Beardsley, "Critical inquiries are not
settled by consulting the oracle."
From the Guide to Literary Terms by Jack Lynch.
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Note: This guide is still in the early stages of development.
Three question marks mean I have to write more on the subject. Bear with me.