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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This is exactly the way in which neo-classical poets used paradoxes; though it is true, here, to say that paradoxes insist on the irony, rather than the wonder. The paradox, discovered by the poem’s end, is that the girl is more full of worship than the speaker precisely because she is always consumed with sympathy for nature and not — as is the speaker — in tune with nature while immersed in it.

Cleanth Brooks’ Concept of Language of Paradox

This is resolved only when the unworldly lovers having given up the world, paradoxically achieve a more intense world. In Brooks’s use of the paradox as a tool for analysis, however, he develops a logical case as a literary technique with strong emotional effect. It is this reason that gives the speaker the opportunity to remark upon langusge beauty of London as he would a natural phenomenon, and, as Brooks points out, can call the houses brooka rather than “dead” because they too are vivified with the natural spark of life, granted to them by the men that built them.

It functions as a method of literary composition and analysis that involves examining apparently contradictory statements and drawing conclusions either cleantu reconcile them or to explain their presence.

The lovers remain the same and the love is not merely lust. Log In Sign Up. Studies in the Structure of Poetry The underlying paradox is striking; the innocent girl, with her unconscious sympathy for all of nature, worships more deeply than the self conscious poet whose devotion is momentary and sporadic.


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There is a different approach to pparadox issue at hand; chiefly that the poet has to work by analogies. According to literary theorist Leroy Searle, Brooks’ use of paradox emphasized the indeterminate lines between form and content.

Cleanth Brooksan active member of the New Critical movement, outlines the use of reading poems through paradox as a method of critical interpretation. He held many academic positions and received many distinguished fellowships and honorary doctorates. The paradox runs deeper than this contrast.

Though London is a man-made marvel, and in many respects in opposition to nature, the speaker does not view London as a mechanical and artificial landscape but as a landscape composed entirely of nature. Further back, Polonius ‘ observation that “though this be madness, yet there is method in’t” is a memorable third.

Paradkx textbook anthologies, Understanding Poetry and Understanding Fiction were the principal media by which the orthodoxies of the New Criticism were transmitted to a whole generation of American students of literature.

The poet daringly treats profane love as if it were divine love. All the generalizations are made out of a close analysis of lyric poetry. The image gathers up two early comparisons — that of the tapers and of the eagle and the dove.

The study of Lf, however, paradoxx less defined and it became a goal of the New Critical movement to justify literature in an age of science by separating the work from its author and critic see Wimsatt and Beardsley’s Intentional fallacy and Affective fallacy and by examining it as a self-sufficient artifact. Such an approach would necessarily displace literature from its place in history and sever any ties it has with culture, society and religion, and also prevent morally biased readings.


But he may as well chide the speaker for his Palsy or his gout or his old or ruined fortune as he stands a better chance of curing those.

Paradox (literature) – Wikipedia

Literary or rhetorical paradoxes abound in the works of Oscar Wilde and G. The poet is filled with worship, but the girl who walks with him is not. The figure of the phoenix is very significant in understanding the final paradox. Help Center Find new research papers in: The method is only an extension of the normal language of poetry, not a pervasion of it. The reasons why it rose to almost hegemonic paradx are complex and many. A similar paradox is used in Shakespeare ‘s Romeo and Julietwhen Juliet says, “For saints have hands that pilgrims’ hands do touch and palm to palm is holy palmer’s kiss.

In addition to the theme, the New Critics also looked for paradox, ambiguity, irony, and tension to help establish the single best and most unified interpretation of the text. The opening line of the stanza is very important in this sense: 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.

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. The practical friend will still have lceanth to fight and lawsuits to argue.

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