Introductory Concepts
Elementary Relationships
Extensions of Verbal Behavior
Multiple Controlling Relationships
Building on the Elementary Relationships

42.2 Thematic Control in Literature, Poetry, and Humor Part 2

The theme of death would presumably strengthen a number of responses such as “die,” “meet their end,” or “perish from the earth.” This source functions very much like the audience variable. It selects what is to be talked about, though not necessarily any specific response form.

This description explores the theme of youth and mortality, as depicted in poetry. The phrase "Golden lads and girls all must be" signifies the fleeting nature of youth, while "smoky
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