In this exercise I will be using the first paragraph by Fowler to provide deep thoughts and answer questions provided in the second paragraph.
A writer uses abstract words because his thoughts are cloudy; the habit of using them clouds his thoughts still further; he may end by concealing his meaning not only from his readers but also from himself.
But maybe the writer means to be abstract. What if Fowler is wrong, particularly in his framing of thinking as either/or: either concrete or abstract, one is “good” the other “bad”…? This isn’t how meaning-making works, is it? Could there be a third? What do you think?
In my opinion I think that based on this paragraph that Fowler wrote he is incorrect in his thinking. Sometimes writers use abstract words to give meaning or provide a couple different meanings to one’s work. For example in my own research on this cite I am using an Pan-Africanism as an abstract word which has various meanings such as the BLM movement or the Black Panthers. These things are completely different but provide different avenues of thought and meaning that are both clear to me and my reader even though it is based upon a abstract word. Another example is poetry, and other literary works which have different forms of interpretation. The meaning is clear to the writer and based upon first look the reader can decipher their own meaning as well. The poem “The Red Wheelbarrow” states
so much depends upon a red wheel barrow glazed with rain water beside the white chickens.
This poem is based upon an abstract idea of a red wheelbarrow that “so much depends upon”. This meaning is not clouded to the reader and can be interpreted by readers differently. For me I believe that the wheelbarrow is very important because I think that it belongs to someone who owns a farm and it is a tool of great importance because of its many uses and its ability to move a lot of stuff without much physical exertion.
I do not think that writing has to be either only concrete or abstract, in the poem above the writer uses a concrete object with abstract ideas and it is a great piece of work. Both concrete and abstract thinking and writing give good and bad qualities to your work depending upon how one uses them. Meaning can be derived from either of these, so I believe that there should be a third more commonly used form of writing that should be most commonly talked about and used and that is a mixture of both abstract and concrete thinking.