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Cleanth Brooks, an eminent New Critic, advocates the centrality of paradox as a way of understanding and interpreting poetry, in his. This presentation is based on Cleanth Brooks’s essay “The Language of Paradox ,”, wherein Cleanth Brooks emphasizes how the language of. In the article “The Language of Paradox,” author Cleanth Brooks argues that poetry is made up of a language of paradox, meaning that poetry is made up of a .

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In short, it would make literature an isolated phenomenon. The underlying paradox is striking; the innocent girl, with her languagf sympathy for all of nature, worships more deeply than the self conscious poet whose devotion is momentary and sporadic. Irony for Brooks is “the obvious warping of a statement by the context” [6] whereas paradox is later glossed as a special kind of qualification that “involves the resolution of opposites. This revivifies the metaphor and makes clear the sense in which the poet accepts it.

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The bartender gives it to her. Views Read Edit View history. Most literature deals with paradox of situation; RabelaisCervantesSterneBorgesand Chesterton are recognized as masters of situation as well as verbal paradox.

In The Well Wrought Urn Brooks shows that paradox was so essential to poetic meaning that paradox was almost identical to poetry. The bartender gives it to her. However the values celebrated by the New Critics were neither universal nor unchanging, but reflective of their own very specific concerns and ambitions. This makes the continual tilting of the planes an immediate necessity. It is easy see both as instances of the union born out of creative imagination.


Cleanth Brooks’ Concept of Language of Paradox

The unworldly lovers are thus the worldliest of all. Second, the high point of influence for the movement was during the Second World War and the Cold War.

There is a sense in which paradox is the language appropriate and inevitable to poetry; Poetic truth can be approached only in terms of paradox. The poet must work by contradiction and qualification. Studying a passage of prose or poetry in New Critical style required careful, exacting scrutiny of the passage itself.

All subtler states of emotion demands metaphors for their expression. In The Language of Paradox The Well Wrought Urn Brooks shows that paradox lagnuage so essential to poetic meaning that paradox was almost identical to poetry. In the writing of poems, paradox is used as a method by which unlikely comparisons can be drawn and meaning can be extracted from poems both straightforward and enigmatic. In this essay “The Language of Paradox,”Cleanth Brooks emphasizes how the language of poetry is different from that langjage the sciences, claiming that he is interested in our seeing that the paradoxes spring from the very nature of the poet’s language: It suggests not a mere holiness but a pharisaical holiness, a foil to the symbol of her continual secret worship.

This makes it a permissible feature of an epigram or a satire, sub- varieties of poetry, but not of poetry itself. The implication is that the poet himself recognizes the absurdity of these love metaphors.


Coleridge in his classic description of its nature and power employs a series of paradoxes: Using a charged religious term to describe the speaker’s physical love as saintly, Donne effectively argues that in rejecting the material world and withdrawing to a world of each other, the two lovers are appropriate candidates for canonization. Yet the poet goes on to say: In particular, the New Critical techniques were found to be very effective with such forms as lyric poetry but not with genres like the novel, which are heavily invested in cultural, social, historical and moral readings.

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His famous It is a Beauteous Evening: But broos poet can call it neither one nor two: By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. The lovers remain the same and the love is not merely lust. An Anthology2nd Ed. The tone of irritation that is seen at the opening of the poem becomes something very different. The argument for the centrality of paradox and irony becomes a bbrooks ad absurdum and is therefore void or at least ineffective for literary analysis.