Cleanth Brooks - The Language of Paradox from Dilip Barad 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. It functions as a method of literary composition - and analysis - which involves examining apparently contradictory statements and drawing conclusions either to reconcile them or to explain their presence. Cleanth Brooks, an active member of the New Critical movement, outlines the use of reading poems through paradox as a method of critical interpretation. Paradox in poetry means that tension at the surface of a verse can lead to apparent contradictions and hypocrisies. And I do not mean that the connotations are important as supplying some sort of frill or trimming, something external to the real matter in hand. I mean that the poet does not use a notation at all--as a scientist may properly be said to do so.
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Named research professor Bostick Foundation, ; Guggenheim fellow, , 60, senior fellow National Endowment of the Humanities, Club: Athenaeum London. Education AB, Vanderbilt University, Bachelor honorary , Oxford University, Bachelor of Letters, Oxford University, Doctor of Literature honorary , Upsala College, Doctor of Literature honorary , University Kentucky, Doctor of Literature honorary , University Exeter, Doctor of Literature honorary , Washington and Lee University, Doctor of Literature honorary , Tulane University, Doctor of Literature honorary , University of South, Doctor of Literature honorary , Newberry College, Doctor of Literature honorary , Indiana State University, Doctor of Humane Letters honorary , St.
Louis University, Doctor of Humane Letters honorary , Centenary College, Doctor of Humane Letters honorary , Oglethorpe University, Doctor of Humane Letters honorary , Lehigh University, Doctor of Humane Letters honorary , Millsaps College, Doctor of Humane Letters honorary , Adelphi University, Managing editor with R. Warren , Fellow Library of Congress, Cultural attache American Embassy, London, Gray professor rhetoric emeritus Yale University, New Haven.
Lamar lecturer, Jefferson lecturer, Member council of scholars for Library of Congress, Chancellor Fellowship of Southern Writers, Achievements His best-known works, The Well Wrought Urn: Studies in the Structure of Poetry and Modern Poetry and the Tradition , argue for the centrality of ambiguity and paradox as a way of understanding poetry.
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He was one of three children: Cleanth and William, natural born sons, and Murray Brooks, actually born Hewitt Witherspoon, whom Bessie Lee Witherspoon kidnapped from her brother Forrest Bedford Witherspoon as a young baby after the natural mother had died. She later was able to change his name to Murray Brooks and continued to raise him as her own, causing quite a rift in her own family and alienating herself from Cleanth and William. Cleanth mentioned on more than one occasion that she so doted on Murray Hewitt that she no longer had a relationship with Cleanth and William. Attending McTyeire School, a private academy, he received a classical education and went on to study at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee , where he received his B. In , Brooks received his M. He received his B. In , he married Edith Amy Blanchord.
Cleanth Brooks’ Concept of Language of Paradox
Michael Godaddy The Language of Paradox Cleanth Brooks Few of us are prepared to accept the statement that the language of poetry is the language of paradox. Paradox is the language of sophistry, hard, bright, witty; it is hardly the language of the soul. We are willing to allow that paradox is a permissible weapon which a Chesterton may on occasion exploit. We :nay permit it in epigram, a special subvariety of poetry; and in satire, which though useful, we are hardly willing to allow to be poetry at all.