Cleanth Brooks’ Concept of Language of Paradox

Cleanth Brooks, an eminent New Critic, advocates the centrality of paradox as a way of understanding and interpreting poetry, in his best-known works, The Language of Paradox, The Well Wrought Urn (1947) and “Modern Poetry and the Tradition” (1939). Brooks helped to formulate formalist criticism by emphasizing “the interior life of a poem” and codifying… Read More Cleanth Brooks’ Concept of Language of Paradox