One of Brooks’s big arguments in The Well Wrought Urn is that you can’t summarize (or paraphrase) a poem and retain its meaning. The poem says something. From ig35 to ig48 Cleanth Brooks was co-editor of The South- ern Review with In addition to these and to The Well Wrought Urn, Mr. Brooks has published. Book Source: Digital Library of India Item : Cleanth ioned.

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Macbeth says in Act 1; The Thane of Cawdor lives: And there are actually more references to the details of the abbey church as a burial place than to the details of the country churchyard itself.

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The village itself has become a grove, subject to the laws of nature. It is not necessary to attempt to give here an exhaustive list of instances of the cleangh ment metaphor; but one should say a word about the remarkable passage in II, iii.

Here enclosde, in cinders lie. Even so, some readers may hesitate to accept it.

Books about poetry New Criticism books Essay collections. But the scholars themselves are so uncertain, that I think we will do little violence to established habits of thinking, if wrougnt boldly pre-empt the poem for our own purposes.

He refuses to accept the paradox as a serious rhetorical device; and since he is able to accept it only as a cheap trick, he is forced into this dilemma. The Well Wrought Urn is divided into eleven chapters, ten of which attempt close readings of celebrated English poems from verses in Shakespeare’s Macbeth to Yeats’s “Among School Children”. The poem does not try to find the truth-value of a particular idea; it tries to juxtapose many, contradictory ideas together and reach a sort of resolution.

Simple were so well compounded. But the delight in moving through a busy and fascinating world, leisurely and aimlessly, himself unbusied, was one which John- son found most attractive. The real point is that, for Belinda, perpetual spinsterhood is the worst of all possible ills. Perhaps it was written to honor the marriage of Sir John Salisbury and Ursula Stanley; or perhaps the Phoenix is Lucy, Countess of Bedford; or perhaps the poem is merely an essay on Platonic love.


By what strange anticipation did he fall into the manner of the worst kind of eighteenth- century ode? Because she is filled with an unconscious sympathy for all of nature, not merely the grandiose and solemn. A more important and brilliant example of such irony occurs in the eleventh stanza. Wonder and irony merge in many of the lyrics of Blake; they merge in Cole- ridge’s Ancient Mariner.

But if Donne could have it both ways, most of us, in this latter day, cannot. The conventions not only have a regularizing func- tion: Whole scenes, and admittedly fine scenes, might also be omitted — have in fact been omitted — without quite destroying the massive structure of the tragedy.

The reader may ask: The serious difficulties will only occur when he confuses his game with that of science and mistakes the nature of his appropriate in- strument.

This last point is very pertinent to the argument which the following stanzas make: Yet the imagery seems to me to be doing something else be- neath this surface statement, and something which is very important.

On this point indeed the success of past criticism has not been so notable as to preclude another sort of fleanth. I shall not try to indicate in detail what the resolu- tion is. Propertie was thus appalled. All of the subtler states of emotion, wdought I.

Lady Macbeth is capable of wielding it. What the new awareness of the importance of metaphor — if it is actually new, and if its character is really that of a freshened awareness — what this new awareness of metaphor results in wroughy applied to poets other than 22 The Naked Babe and the Cloak of Manliness 23 Donne and his followers is therefore a matter of first importance.


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The last line goes on to suggest the essentially ironical observation that there can be no real Cromwell with- out blood-guilt. Have these two been chosen because they are modest and ordinary, or because they are in reality superlatively rare? But, on reflection, the two meanings tend to coalesce. Again, mere recourse to the dictionary will not give us this powerful second meaning.

The whole matter bears very definitely on the much advertised demise of the Humanities. Seeing this, we should not be surprised to find poets who consciously employ it to gain a compression and precision otherwise unobtain- able.

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But in that case we are not interested in poetry; we are interested in tags. New honours come upon him, Like our strange garments, cleave not to their mould. Rather, Pope finds Belinda charm- ing, and expects us to feel her charm. It rises upon its world, not in utter nakedness. They cannot prevent Satan from finding his way to the earth: Yet there is a sense in which paradox is the language appropriate and inevitable to poetry. In the second stanza, the clash between paganism and Chris- tianity becomes quite explicit: How the implications of the jewel- flower metaphors are qualified by the beooks context will be discussed a little later.

I have said that even the apparently simple and straightforward poet is forced into paradoxes by the nature of his instrument. Harcourt Brace, p.