Historical Evidence and the Reading of Seventeenth-Century Poetry (Hardback)
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Historical Evidence and the Reading of Seventeenth-Century Poetry (Hardback)

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Hardback 192 Pages / Published: 31/05/1991
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Cleanth Brooks has deeply influenced the course of letters and literature in America. As coauthor (with Robert Penn Warren) of ""Understanding poetry"", he has helped bring poems to life for many thousands of students. His subsequent studies, including ""Modern poetry and the tradition"" and ""The well-wrought urn"", have been praised by students and scholars like and have established him as a critic of stature. His ""Historical evidence"" indicates how sadly he has been misrepresented as a kind of ""formalist"" who has no concern for biography land history. This series of case studies examines the degree and extent to which some dozen particular 17th century poems deal with the history of the time out of which they came. With the exception of those by Andrew Marvell, they are the work of minor poets, such as Henry Ling, Richard Corbett, James Shirley, Richard Lovelace, Aurelian Townshend, Richard Fanshawe, and Edward, Lord Herbert of Cherbury. Yet the poems were not chosen merely in the interest of advancing an idea. They are highly interesting in themselves. What Brooks has done with each of these 17th century poets is what he's spent a lifetine doing - bringing their poems to life for a 20th century reader. This book responds to the terrible ills that have befallen our approach to literature. Without waving flags or hurling abuse at a real or imagined foe, Brooks makes it clear how important a knowledge of history and culture may be to the reader of literature. Brooks provides original readings of specific poems and poets. This book should interest students of 17th century poetry in particular and among appreciators of literature in general.

Publisher: University of Missouri Press
ISBN: 9780826207753
Number of pages: 192
Weight: 454 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 24 mm


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""Historical Evidence and the Reading of Seventeenth-Century Poetry" is not simply an exercise in practical criticism. Although it consistently displays the quiet patience of the trained scholar, it has an underlying polemical purpose: to refute the charge that the New Criticism, in its concern with literary structure and poetic form, is blind to history."--"New Criterion"


"In the course of these elegant--and learned--readings, he demonstrates a new why the New Criticism continues to be the most vital critical force in the classroom and on the page."--"Choice"


"This is a literate and humane work that helps to complete the record of a great critic and a man who deeply influenced the course of letters and of education in America. Brooks is still a fine stylist--clear, observant, free of jargon--an acute reader of poetry, and a lover of literature always willing to explore areas off the beaten track."--O. B. Hardison
""Historical Evidence and the Reading of Seventeenth-Century Poetry" is not simply an exercise in practical criticism. Although it consistently displays the quiet patience of the trained scholar, it has an underlying polemical purpose: to refute the charge that the New Criticism, in its concern with literary structure and poetic form, is blind to history."--"New Criterion
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"In the course of these elegant--and learned--readings, he demonstrates a new why the New Criticism continues to be the most vital critical force in the classroom and on the page."--"Choice"


"This is a literate and humane work that helps to complete the record of a great critic and a man who deeply influenced the course of letters and of education in America. Brooks is still a fine stylist--clear, observant, free of jargon--an acute reader of poetry, and a lover of literature always willing to explore areas off the beaten track."--O. B. Hardison

"Historical Evidence and the Reading of Seventeenth-Century Poetry is not simply an exercise in practical criticism. Although it consistently displays the quiet patience of the trained scholar, it has an underlying polemical purpose: to refute the charge that the New Criticism, in its concern with literary structure and poetic form, is blind to history."--New Criterion

"In the course of these elegant--and learned--readings, he demonstrates a new why the New Criticism continues to be the most vital critical force in the classroom and on the page."--Choice

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