The Well Wrought Urn Studies in the Structure of Poetry

The Well Wrought Urn Studies in the Structure of Poetry ❄ [EPUB] ✼ The Well Wrought Urn Studies in the Structure of Poetry By Cleanth Brooks ➝ – A classic that has been widely used by several generations this book consists of detailed commentaries on ten famous English poems from the Elizabethan period to the present Index A classic that has Wrought Urn PDF/EPUB » been widely used by several generations this book consists of detailed commentaries on ten famous English poems from the Elizabethan period to the present Index.

  • Paperback
  • 324 pages
  • The Well Wrought Urn Studies in the Structure of Poetry
  • Cleanth Brooks
  • English
  • 13 September 2014
  • 9780156957052

10 thoughts on “The Well Wrought Urn Studies in the Structure of Poetry

  1. Elena Elena says:

    In my freshman year of college I remembered reading Brooks' essay on Keats A Sylvan Historian I was completely engulfed with Mr Brooks interpretation of the poem It gave me a different perspective on how to further analyze Keats' Ode on a Grecian Urn Moreover when I read the essay I felt like I was having a conversation with someone who I hoped to emulate one day Years later to use a Bloom word The Well Wrought Urn did not reach the apotheosis of critical writing I remembered reading during my Freshman year My disappoinment led to my ambivalence in rating this book a 3 or a 4 star but gave it a four because it is a great introduction to poetry criticismThe collection is a great start for anyone who would like to further their studies in criticism It gives a close examination of the 10 poems in the collection and it practices a theme of paradoxical interpretation; although this theme was a bit contrived the collection was still an elevated criticism of poetry Also I enjoyed the rather simple yet fitting definition Mr Brooks gave of a poet and their occupation He is rather giving us an insight which preserves the unity of experience and which at its higher and serious levels triumphs over the apparently contradictory and conflicting elements of experience by unifying them into a new patternTalk about the anxiety of influence

  2. J. Alfred J. Alfred says:

    From what I understand this is sort of the flagship of the close reading new critical movement As one might guess it is full of polemical stuff about how one should value a poem as a poem and how one ought to recognize and appreciate the complexity and unity of poems especially their imagery That said the readings of the poems in the book are really strong and help one's appreciation of them even if they do seem a little shall we say self involved Do I wish I was as smart as Cleanth Brooks? Very yes

  3. Gilbert Wesley Purdy Gilbert Wesley Purdy says:

    One of the finest studies of poetry ever written The depth of understanding communicated in these 300 pages goes beyond impressive An essential read even for those who might think that the New Criticism is outdated

  4. Lyle Carating Lyle Carating says:

    i hate this

  5. Jeremy Jeremy says:

    Read the first essay The Language of Paradox on Donne's Canonization on May 21 2018The Language of Paradox3 the language of poetry is the language of paradox; nod to Chesterton as a master of paradoxes; paradox is the language appropriate and inevitable to poetry10 Even the most direct and simple poet is forced into paradoxes far often than we think if we are sufficiently alive to what he is doing11 In Donne's Canonization the poet daringly treats profane love as if it were divine love; Donne takes both love and religion seriously17–18 I submit that the only way by which the poet could say what 'The Canonization' says is by paradox More direct methods may be tempting but all of them enfeeble and distort what is to be said This statement may seem the less surprising when we reflect on how many of the important things which the poet has to say have to be said by means of paradox most of the language of lovers is such—'The Canonization' is a good example; so is most of the language of religion—18 'He who would save his life must lose it'; 'The last shall be first' Indeed almost any insight important enough to warrant a great poem apparently has to be stated in such terms18–19 Coleridge has of course given us the classic description of its the creative imagination nature and power It 'reveals itself in the balance or reconcilement of opposite or discordant ualities of saneness with difference; of the general with the concrete; the idea with the image; the individual with the representative; the sense of novelty and freshness with old 19 and familiar objects; a than usual state of emotion with than usual order'20 If the poet is to be true to his poetry he must call it two lovers? neither two nor one the paradox is his only solutionThe Heresy of Paraphrase212–13 Johnson claimed that Donne and similar poets simply wished to impress their audience with their cleverness Brooks's words not Johnson's; Yet there are better reasons than that of rhetorical vain glory that have induced poet after poet to choose ambiguity and paradox rather than plain discursive simplicity It is not enough for the poet to analyse his experience as the scientist does breaking it up into parts distinguishing part from part classifying the various parts His task is finally to unify experience He must return to us the unity of the experience itself as 213 man knows it in his own experience The poem if it be a true poem is a simulacrum of reality—in this sense at least it is an 'imitation'—by being an experience rather than any mere statement about experience or any mere abstraction from experience par break Tennyson cannot be content with saying that in memory the poet seems both dead and alive; he must dramatize its life in death for us and his dramatization involves necessarily ironic shock and wonder213 Keats's Urn must in its role as historian assert that myth is truer than history

  6. Gui Freitas Gui Freitas says:

    With the advent of New Formalism Richard Strier Marjorie Levinson Cleanth Brooks is ready to be brought off the book shelf and re considered for the attention which he gives to the poem as an aesthetic object Of course the idea of a self sufficient aesthetic object is of an ideal than a reality often leading to a neglect of important political and contextual readings of a text this caricature of critics like Brooks is being slowly and carefully being dismantled As Strier has pointed out the historical enmity between formalists and historicists of various stripes has often been pointless and the best criticism has always combined close attention of the text with the context which informs and moulds it Brooks makes it clear that the heresy of paraphrase is something which everyone from critic to layman alike must be ready to ward Carrying all the authority of an ecumenical council of old Brooks makes it clear in no uncertain terms that we shouldn't ask what a poem is about? Why? Because such a uestion reduces the poem and robs it of its very purpose; sure the 'Wasteland' is in some sense about 20th century alienation but if that's what TS Eliot wanted to write about an essay treatise even a novel would have got to that point in a clearer and concise way We don't ask what Mahler's second symphony is about and nor should we a poem Each chapter then carefully considers what it means to think about this Well Wrought Urn an allusion to Donne An old work of criticism but one I would argue which deserves re visiting and re incoporation Brooks offers important ways to think about poetry as a form on its own terms Perhaps Brooks could have done to make explicit the interconnectedness of form and context but if we keep that in mind I think reading him can make our reading of poems all the penetrating and subtle

  7. Peter Crofts Peter Crofts says:

    Like Bloom Brooks spends a lot of time wasting yours in the process grumbling about other aacademics he doesn't agree with Actually maybe a better term would be he doesn't like Both of them are grating at times petty and obsessed But again like Bloom he offers a lot of very interesting insights into whatever literary text he's looking atBrooks was one of the leading thinkers of the New Criticism movement in literary interpretation What is basic tenets are will be found in the text It's all rather fish bowl grumbling I'm outside of the privileged self important halls of academia and I really couldn't careless I wonder how often such Olympian types get down from the podium and actually try to write something creative themselves As anyone who labors at it knows it is a very demanding discipline These tenured cultural snobs don't make it any easier So as you can see he irritated the heck out of me as does Bloom as do all self important critics But he's also got some very interesting things to say

  8. Kathy Austin Kathy Austin says:

    As far as literary criticism books go this one was reasonably easy to read The language is clear and Brooks doesn't introduce a bunch of unfamiliar terminology that the reader has to spend extra time looking up in order to understand what he's saying

  9. Mahmoud Keshk Mahmoud Keshk says:

    A highly essential study for poetry

  10. Rosy Rosy says:

    Sigh I want to say I wish I were smarter but I wish I were a little less lazy might be to the point or at least the first step I do cop to this series of thoughtful essays being dry and sometimes difficult although I was freuently aware of how much difficult they could have beenBut A great snapshot in the context of my limited awareness of a very particular time in the history of literary criticism partly as recognized and discussed by Brooks himself and partly from my particular vantage And a reintroduction to some old poetic chestnuts some of which are or were familiar old friends to me and one or two of which I might actually never have read before So not unsatisfying now that I'm done

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