The Well Wrought Urn: Studies in the Structure of Poetry

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1947 - Literary Criticism - 300 pages
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"This book consists of detailed commentaries on ten famous English poems from the Elizabethan period to the present. The specific works ... are: Donne's The Canonization, Shakespeare's Macbeth, Milton's L'allegro and Il penseroso, Herrick's Corinna's going a-Maying, Pope's The rape of the lock, Gray's Elegy written in a country churchyard, Wordsworth's Ode: intimations of immortality from Recollections of early childhood, Keat's Ode on a grecian urn, Tennyson's Tears, idle tears, Yeats's Among school children"--Cover.

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A classic, of course. The ideas have been so thoroughly assimilated that they may seem elementary and even banal. But it's important to re-read occasionally and reflect not only their novelty at the ... Read full review

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I rather enjoyed reading through this 1947 book, which is relatively free of exogenous literary theory. Brooks takes one work from each of ten significant poets from Shakespeare and John Donne to ... Read full review


Cloak of Manliness
S The Light Symbolism
What Does Poetry Communicate?
The Case of Miss Arabella Fermor
Grays Storied Urn
Wordsworth and
The Motivation
Yeatss Great Rooted Blossomer
The Heresy of Paraphrase
appendix 1
Criticism History and Critical Relativism
Texts of Poems

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About the author (1947)

Cleanth Brooks was born in Murray, Kentucky on October 16, 1906. He was educated at Vanderbilt, Tulane, and Oxford universities. From 1932 to 1947, he taught English at Louisiana State University and then moved on to Yale University. At Yale, he helped to articulate the principles of New Criticism, which dominated literary studies in the 1940s and 1950s. He coedited the journal Southern Review with Robert Penn Warren. He also wrote several titles in collaboration with Warren, including Understanding Poetry and Understanding Fiction. A third work Understanding Drama was written in collaboration with Robert Heilman. His other works included The Well Wrought Urn: Studies in the Structure of Poetry and Modern Poetry and the Tradition. He died on May 10, 1994.

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