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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In poets like Blake and Coleridge, they merge with variations in emphasis. It functions as a method of literary composition and analysis langguage involves examining apparently contradictory statements and drawing conclusions either to reconcile them or to explain their presence.

In particular, the New Critical techniques were found to be very effective with such forms as lyric poetry but not with genres like the novel, which are heavily invested in cultural, social, historical and moral readings.

Paradox (literature) – Wikipedia

Here the metaphor is powerfully dramatized. 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. The phoenix comes in a natural stream of association. For one, Brooks believes that the very structure of poetry is paradox, and ignores the other subtleties of imagination and power that poets bring to brook poems. Paradox in poetry means that tension at ckeanth surface of a verse can lead to apparent contradictions and hypocrisies.

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This seems to parody both love and religion, but in fact it combines them, pairing unlikely circumstances and demonstrating their resulting languae meaning.


In the last stanza, the phoenix metaphor is completely realized; the lovers will win claenth more intense world by rejecting this one. Irony is the key to validating the poem because a test of any statement grows from the context — validating a statement demands examining the statement in the context of the poem and determining whether it is appropriate to that context.

A similar paradox is used in Shakespeare ‘s Romeo and Julietwhen Juliet says, “For saints have hands that pilgrims’ hands do touch and palm to palm is holy palmer’s kiss.

The implication is that clwanth poet himself recognizes the absurdity of these love metaphors. But the poet can call it neither one nor two: Since London was created by man, and man is a part of nature, London is thus too a part of nature. Skip to main content.

Yet the poet goes on to say: The comparisons in this psradox take off from the well-worn Petrarchan conventionalities and are entirely different. Literary or rhetorical paradoxes abound in the works of Oscar Wilde and G. Formal elements such as rhyme, meter, setting, characterization, and plot were used to identify the theme of the text. The poem closes with the tone of triumphant achievement, developed by several cleantu. In the writing of poems, paradox is used as a method by which unlikely comparisons can be drawn and meaning can be extracted from poems both straightforward and enigmatic.

Julie Rivkin and Michael Ryan. The opening of the third stanza suggests that this vein of irony is to be maintained.

Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Inc. It is easy see both as instances of the union born out of creative imagination. Irony is the key to validating the poem because a test of any statement grows from the context — validating a statement demands examining the statement in the context of the poem and determining whether it is appropriate to that context. Studies in the Structure of Poetry He held many academic positions and received many distinguished fellowships and honorary doctorates.


His lovers, bereft of the benefits of the supernatural that Donne confers on them, become less powerful, less unworldly.

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. But the name is double, and with the advent of multiple sciences, is multiple.

It is considered intellectual than emotional and rational than irrational. The poet has to make up his language as he goes. Paradox is his only solution.

Brooks simply believed that, “‘Imagination’ reveals itself in the balance brookd reconciliation of opposite or discordant qualities. For other uses, see Paradox disambiguation. The practical friend will still have wars to fight and lawsuits to argue.

Paradox (literature)

Brooks’ contemporaries in the sciences were, in the s and 50’s, reorganizing university science curricula into codified disciplines. Cleanth Brooksan active member of the New Critical movement, outlines the use of reading poems through paradox as a method of critical interpretation. His poems would not provide too many examples brooos paradoxes.