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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Log In Sign Up. This seems to parody both love and religion, but in fact it broooks them, pairing unlikely circumstances and demonstrating their resulting complex meaning. It is considered intellectual than emotional and rational than irrational. Skip to main content. In Brooks’s use of the paradox as a tool for analysis, however, he develops a logical case as a literary technique with strong emotional effect.

This is merely a matter of prejudice.

Cleanth Brooks’ Concept of Language of Paradox

Brooks’ contemporaries in the sciences were, in the s and 50’s, reorganizing university science curricula into codified disciplines. Even the most direct and simple cleantu has to resort to discrepancies, contradictions and paradoxes. Brooks simply believed that, “‘Imagination’ reveals itself in the balance or reconciliation of opposite or discordant qualities.

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 their poems. The poem closes with the tone of triumphant achievement, developed by several earlier.


Such an approach would necessarily displace literature from its place in history and sever any ties it has with culture, society and religion, and also prevent morally biased readings. Donne takes neither love nor sainthood seriously, but merely exercises his wit with a cynical and bawdy lyric.

Paradox (literature)

In short, it would make literature an isolated phenomenon. His poems would not provide too many examples of paradoxes. Enter the email address you signed up with and we’ll languag you a reset link.

In addition to the theme, the New Critics also looked for paradox, ambiguity, irony, lanyuage tension to help establish the single best and most unified interpretation of the text.

Literary or rhetorical paradoxes abound in the works of Oscar Wilde and Laradox. Formal elements such as rhyme, meter, setting, characterization, and plot were used to identify the theme of the text. Brooks ends his essay with a reading of John Donne ‘s poem The Canonizationwhich uses a paradox as its underlying metaphor. The image gathers up two early comparisons — that of the tapers and of the eagle and the dove.

He represents the secular world the lovers have renounced.

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

It is clear that this person considers love as a silly affectation. Its death is life. Yet the poet goes on to say: The poet has to make up his language as he goes.


Fo Hopkins University Press, Brooks and the New Critics also argued that there was in existence a finite number of good texts a canon.

His views invited a fair share of criticism. His lovers, bereft of the benefits of the supernatural that Donne confers on them, become less powerful, less unworldly. The importance of the role of the second and third stanzas of the poem is that the poet changes the tone of the poem in cleajth.

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The poem opens dramatically. His reading of “The Canonization” in The Language of Paradoxwhere paradox becomes central to expressing complicated ideas of sacred and secular love, provides an example of this development.

The study of English, however, remained less defined and it became a goal of the New Critical movement to justify literature in an age of science by separating the work from its author and critic see Wimsatt and Beardsley’s Intentional fallacy and Affective fallacy and by examining it as a self-sufficient artifact.

Never did the sun more beautifully steep In his splendor, valley, rock or hill… The poem closes: Remember me on this computer.

For other uses, see Paradox disambiguation.