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 phoenix langiage in a natural stream of association. Since London was created by man, and man is a part of nature, London is thus too a part of nature. The unworldly lovers are thus the worldliest of all.

Remember me on this computer. His lovers, bereft of the benefits of the supernatural that Donne confers on them, become less powerful, less unworldly. Studies in the Structure of Poetry. In short, it would make literature an isolated phenomenon. Though London is clwanth 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.

All subtler states of emotion demands metaphors for their expression. Studies in the Structure of Poetry The very houses seem asleep And all that mighty heart is lying still! Views Read View source View history. Parxdox and the New Critics also argued that there was in existence a finite number of good texts a canon.

It is clear that this person considers love as a silly affectation. Although paradox and irony as New Critical tools paradoz reading poetry are often conflated, they are independent poetical devices.

This is resolved only when the unworldly lovers having given up the world, paradoxically achieve a more intense world. Help Center Find new research papers in: Cleanth Brooks, an active member of the New Critical movement, outlines the use of o poems through paradox as a method of critical interpretation.

The comparisons in this poem take off from the well-worn Petrarchan conventionalities and are entirely different.


Cleanth Brooks’ Concept of Language of Paradox | Literary Theory and Criticism

This article is about the figure of speech. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Most literature deals with paradox of situation; RabelaisCervantesSterneBorgesand Chesterton are recognized as masters of situation as well as verbal paradox. The tone of irritation that vrooks seen at the opening of the poem becomes something very different. Enter the email address you signed up with and we’ll email you a reset link. In expressing his awed surprise that the city should be able to wear the beauty of the morning at all, the poem creates points of almost shocked expression: The dominant metaphor of the holy anchorite who by giving up this world achieves a better world is true here.

The figure of the phoenix is very significant in understanding the final paradox.

He contends that these several meanings are impossible to convey at the right paradoox and emotion in any language but that of paradox. Statements such as Wilde’s “I can resist anything except temptation” and Chesterton’s “spies do lagnuage look like spies” [2] are examples of rhetorical paradox.

Brooks points to William Wordsworth ‘s poem It is a beauteous evening, calm and free. This seems to parody both love and religion, but in fact it combines them, pairing unlikely circumstances and demonstrating their resulting complex meaning.

Cleanth Brooks’ Concept of Language of Paradox

This is in principle what Wordsworth has stated in the second edition of the Lyrical Ballads: This page has been accessed 14, times. In literature, the paradox is a literary device consisting of the anomalous juxtaposition of incongruous ideas for the sake of striking exposition or unexpected insight. He contends that these several meanings are impossible to convey at the right depth and emotion in any language but that of paradox.

Reveals itself in the balance or reconcilement of opposite or discordant pafadox The urn which holds the ashes of the phoenix also holds the ashes of the phoenix lovers, it is the poem itself.

Log In Sign Up. Their Roots, Range, and Resolution. It is this reason that gives the speaker the opportunity to remark upon the beauty of London as he would a natural phenomenon, and, as Brooks points out, can call the houses “sleeping” rather than “dead” because they too are vivified with the natural spark of life, granted to them by the men that built them. In his reading of Wordsworth’s poem, “Composed upon Westminster Bridge”Brooks contends that the poem offers paradox not in its details, but in the situation the speaker creates.


Donne takes neither love nor sainthood seriously, but merely exercises his wit with a cynical and bawdy lyric. In The Well Wrought Urn Brooks shows that paradox was so essential to poetic meaning that paradox was almost identical to poetry. Cleanth Brooksan active member of the New Critical movement, outlines the use of reading poems through paradox as a method of critical interpretation.

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Retrieved from ” http: The poet is not defeated by this task nor is the poem reduced to shallow sophistry. Also, by defining poetry as uniquely having a structure of paradox, Brooks ignores the power of paradox in everyday conversation and discourse, including scientific discourse, which Brooks claimed was opposed to poetry. In a sense all such urns contain the ashes of a phoenix.

Never did the sun more beautifully steep In pagadox splendor, valley, rock or hill… The poem closes: Privacy policy About WikiEducator Disclaimers. Brooks ends his essay with a reading of John Donne ‘s poem The Canonizationwhich uses a paradox as its underlying metaphor.

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There is a different approach to the issue at hand; chiefly that the poet has to work by analogies. An Anthology2nd Ed. The poet, within limits, has to make up his language as he goes.

In this passage, Brooks cleantj that poetic language is inherently different from scientific language because the poet constructs his language as he goes and defines his own rules.