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One of Brooks’s big arguments in The Well Wrought Urn is that you can’t summarize (or paraphrase) a poem and retain its meaning. The poem says something. From ig35 to ig48 Cleanth Brooks was co-editor of The South- ern Review with In addition to these and to The Well Wrought Urn, Mr. Brooks has published. Book Source: Digital Library of India Item : Cleanth ioned.

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The Well Wrought Urn

The attempt to account for it on the grounds of nobility of sentiment soon breaks down. Yet the dis- The Naked Babe and the Cloak of Manliness 39 guise which they wear will enable Macheth to assume the robes of Duncan — robes to which he is no more entitled than are the daggers to the royal garments which they now well, grotesquely.

Shakespeare, in one of his poems, has given a descrip- tion that oddly parallels that of Coleridge. I mean that the poet does not use a notation at vrooks the science may be properly be said to do so.

This fact, at least, should be plain: A classic, of course. The Well Wrought Urn is cleanrh into eleven chapters, ten of which attempt close readings of celebrated English poems from verses in Shakespeare’s Macbeth to Yeats’s “Among School Children”.

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Lady Macbeth, on the other hand, by employing wdll ruthless clarity of perception, by discounting all emo- tional claims, offers him the promise of bringing about the course of events which he desires. But to see this plainly will require a closer reading than most of us give to poetry. To take up the first question for the silence of the commentators here warns us that the explication had better not be taken for granted: The symbolism never becomes quite wel plicit, but it is most important, nevertheless, and in the use of it Milton brings all the oppositions of the poem together, and orders and unifies them.


It is a world in which business goes on and criminals are hanged for all that Belinda is preparing to sit down to omber. It is as if the half-light were cleantu used in both poems as a sort of symbol of the aesthetic distance which the cheerful man, no less than the pensive man, consistently maintains.

Since painted, or not painted, all shall fade. Here it is in the poem. She certainly does not want to retain possession of the lock forever. It not only underlies the poem, but something of the paradox informs the poem, though, since this is Wordsworth, rather timidly. If, again, the paradox seem too easy, too brittle, we must in fairness take the stanza in terms of the context already established: Indeed, the cliches of the ardent lover become the focal point of concentration.

The figure, though vivid, is fantastic; granted.

What should you care if I do give these up in pursuing my love. The very absurdity of the jargon which lovers are expected to talk makes for his argument: Donne does not take saint- hood seriously: She is a congeries of biological processes and her too evident mortality is proclaimed at every pore.

Since that brokos he has lectured and taught at a number of the major universities in this country.

They can merely, in the case of Raphael, give the human pair advice and warning. Stuart Chase a few years ago, with a touching naivete, urged us to take the distortion out of the bowl — to treat language like notation.


Such a method, like any other, carries with it its own perils. The general parallel between the two speeches is almost complete. Belinda has been sorely vexed — and she, moreover, remains charming, even as an Amazon.

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So sweet a kiss the golden sun gives not To those fresh morning drops upon the rose, As thy eye-beams, when their fresh rays have smote The night of dew that on my cheeks down flows: I do clwanth mean to split hairs. And of those Daemons that are found In fire, air, flood, or under ground. It is visionary; that is, like a vision, a revelation.

Belinda is, after all, an artist, and who should be more sympathetic with the problems of the conscious artist than Pope himself?

No drop but as a coach doth carry thee: I refer to the remarkable hfteenth chapter of the Biographia. Its defiance testifies to the force which threatens Macbeth and which Macbeth cannot destroy. If he had, the two halves would have been driven poles apart. Moreover, stanza twenty-four grows out of the preceding stanza; it is human for the parting soul to wish for an understanding friend: Pope acknowledges its beauty and its power.

In saying this, however, one need by no means confine himself to the poetry of Donne.