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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(4.) 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: These, in the day when heaven was falling, The hour when earth's foundations fled, Followed their mercenary calling And took their wages and are dead.
As Cleanth Brooks noted, "At its best, the accuracy, subtlety, and tension of the radical comparison makes modern poetry a richer and more strenuous exercise of the sensibility than the poetry of rumination and reverie which it succeeds."
I want to recall a book that lives in the dark backward of memory, if indeed it exists there at all, Cleanth Brooks and Robert Heilman's Understanding Drama, first published in 1945.
Wimsatt and Cleanth Brooks and, more recently, Helen Vendler and Harold Bloom.
For instance, no one who has read literary theory more recent than Cleanth Brooks' Well-Wrought Urn will be astonished to hear that "texts are inherently polysemic" or that "meanings become apparent from certain (inter)textual connections while remaining invisile with others"; anyone familiar with Borges will be unfazed by the news that his writing "[demonstrates] that 'the real' is itself a fiction"; and so on (28, 284, 189)?
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.
At LSU he studied not only with Cleanth Brooks but also with such commanding figures as Robert Penn Warren and the literary historian Arlin Turner.
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 and Cleanth Brooks), the mood of pessimism has proved remarkably resilient.
Notable contributors to the Linguistic or Objective phase of Literary Criticism include Cleanth Brooks and Allan Tate.