Cleanth Brooks


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Brooks, Cleanth

(1906–  ) literary critic; born in Murray, Ky. A long-time Yale professor (1946–75), he was the leading New Critic of the 1940s–1950s, recognized for his critical acuity in close readings of modern literature in The Well Wrought Urn (1947) and other essays. He published important works on Milton, Thomas Percy and William Faulkner.
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Cleanth Brooks says, "Since the story is primarily about the nature of love, and not about the nature of individual persons, it presents two quite diverse people being surprised into the same experience" (155).
His differences from someone like Cleanth Brooks, for example, are spelled out in an illuminating essay not included in Kenneth Burke on Shakespeare (because it focuses on William Faulkner).
Call it truth or call it treason, / Farewell the vows that were" expresses succinctly one of the major themes of A Farewell to Arms (2) But linking the deserter Frederic Henry to Housman's "deserter" would not do for Cleanth Brooks, so he turns instead to Housman's "Epitaph oil an Army of Mercenaries" from Last Poems:
Wimsatt and Cleanth Brooks and, more recently, Helen Vendler and Harold Bloom.
She had many literary friends and supporters: Katherine Anne Porter, Cleanth Brooks, and Robert Penn Warren early, and later writers whom she influenced, including Reynolds Price.
Its literature, manners, and aspirations were the subject of Weaver's dissertation, completed under Cleanth Brooks at Louisiana State University, in 1943 but published, in revised form, only in 1968, five years after Weaver's death.
Whereas Anne Bogart thinks of her production of A Midsummer Night's Dream as revolutionary, Director Richard Monette of Canada's Stratford Festival thinks of his production of 1 Henry IV as traditional, as suggested by the interpretations of critics such as Cleanth Brooks and Robert Heilman.
Eliot, Cleanth Brooks, and Wimsatt and Beardsley, all concentrating on the poetic object as a "unique system of internal relations.
Those of us who became students of literature before the hegemony of poststructuralism and the "new historicism" may remember being taught to read poetically by such "new critics" as Cleanth Brooks and Lawrence Perrine; and while we soon learned to sacrifice personal taste to the "business" of scholarship (and even, indeed, to give over all notions of "taste" and of esthetic categories generally), such a collection reminds us to renew our pleasure in reading.
Richards) et surtout aux Etats-Unis (par William Empson et Cleanth Brooks notamment); la continuite est sans faille entre Eliot et les New Critics, qui prolongerent ses intuitions sur la litterature.
Who but historians of criticism now reads even the best of Cleanth Brooks, Walter J.
It may have appeared that the advent of theory had put paid to the dispensation founded by Eliot and sustained by the likes of Leavis, Frye, and Cleanth Brooks, leaving us to wrestle with the quite different problems posed by a postmodern universe.