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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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The poet is not defeated by this task nor is the poem reduced to shallow sophistry. He argues that because their love is not mundane, the lovers can afford to reject the world. In poets like Blake and Coleridge, they merge with variations in emphasis. He contends that these several meanings are impossible to convey at the right depth languuage emotion in any language but that of paradox.

This page was last edited on 22 Novemberat He neatly and contemptuously epitomizes the two main categories of secular success in the line: His views invited a fair share of criticism. 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.

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.


Paradox (literature) – Wikipedia

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. In short, Wordsworth inverted set ideals about the language of poetry and showed his audience that common was really uncommon and the prosaic was really poetic.

The most significant of these reasons trace an outline of the movement. It is a perpetual part of the craft of poetry and cannot be kept out, but can only be directed and controlled.

Although paradox and irony as New Critical tools for reading poetry are often conflated, they are independent poetical devices.

Coleridge in his classic description of its nature and power employs a series of paradoxes: 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.

Cleanth Brooks’ Concept of Language of Paradox

Remember me on this computer. It is a beauteous evening, calm and free The holy time is quiet as a Nun Breathless with adoration…. The unworldly lovers are thus the worldliest of all.

Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Bropks. Cleanth Brooks and The Language of Paradox. Since London was created by man, and man is a part of nature, London is thus too a part of nature. Log In Sign Up.

It suggests not a mere holiness but a pharisaical holiness, a foil to the symbol of her continual secret worship. All subtler states of emotion demands metaphors for their expression. Second, the high point of influence for the movement was during the Second World War and the Cold War.


Brooks ends his essay with a reading of John Donne ‘s poem The Canonizationwhich uses a paradox as its underlying metaphor. It really describes the lovers best and justifies their renunciation of the world. This is in principle what Wordsworth has stated in the second edition of the Lyrical Ballads: In literaturethe paradox is an anomalous juxtaposition of incongruous ideas for the sake of striking exposition or unexpected insight.

Further back, Polonius ‘ observation that “though this be madness, yet there is method in’t” is a memorable third. Its death is life. Brooks simply believed that, “‘Imagination’ reveals itself in the balance or reconciliation of opposite or discordant qualities. His poems would not provide too many examples of kanguage.

In “The Formalist Critics,” Brooks offers “some articles of faith” to which he subscribes. One type of union becomes a metaphor for the other. According to literary theorist Leroy Searle, Brooks’ use of paradox emphasized the indeterminate lines between form and content. The poet daringly treats profane love as if it were divine love.