The Well Wrought Urn: Studies in the Structure of Poetry

A classic that has been widely used by several generations, this book consists of detailed commentaries on ten famous English poems from the Elizabethan period to the present Index.
The Well Wrought Urn Studies in the Structure of Poetry A classic that has been widely used by several generations this book consists of detailed commentaries on ten famous English poems from the Elizabethan period to the present Index

  • Title: The Well Wrought Urn: Studies in the Structure of Poetry
  • Author: Cleanth Brooks
  • ISBN: 9780156957052
  • Page: 354
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “The Well Wrought Urn: Studies in the Structure of Poetry”

    1. In my freshman year of college, I remembered reading Brooks' essay on Keats: A Sylvan Historian, I was completely engulfed with Mr. Brooks interpretation of the poem. It gave me a different perspective on how to further analyze Keats' Ode on a Grecian Urn. Moreover, when I read the essay, I felt like I was having a conversation with someone who I hoped to emulate one day. Years later, to use a Bloom word, The Well Wrought Urn did not reach the apotheosis of critical writing I remembered reading [...]

    2. Cleanth Brooks的诗评总是能把我对诗歌的一些拿捏不准的体会一针见血地分析个清透,读他的结构分析总是很愉悦的,因为你能获得自我感官的提升,同时又不会对他引用的文学理论感到生涩。唯一美中不足的是,译者实在是太捉急,诗歌翻译地韵律全无,用词肤浅而“正派”,却少了很多微妙细腻。真是遗憾。

    3. Desde que li «Mimesis» de Eric Auerbach que tenho vindo a procurar outros "manuais de crítica" literária (encontrei a recente «Viagem pela Literatura Europeia» de Mega Ferreira, que aborda os grandes clássicos), acima de tudo para entender o próprio conceito de crítica e os seus mecanismos. Ao passo que Auerbach analisa as formas de representação do real por via do ficcional, Cleanth Brooks toma as ideias de paradoxo e ambiguidade e procura provar como são o grande propulsor de muita [...]

    4. Sigh. I want to say, I wish I were smarter, but I wish I were a little less lazy might be more to the point--or at least the first step. I do cop to this series of thoughtful essays being dry and sometimes difficult, although I was frequently aware of how much more difficult they could have been.But: A great snapshot, in the context of my limited awareness, of a very particular time in the history of literary criticism, partly as recognized and discussed by Brooks himself and partly from my part [...]

    5. "() the structure of a poem resembles that of a ballet or musical composition. It is a pattern of resolutions and balances and harmonizations, developed through a temporal scheme."Apesar de só ter lido o capítulo "The Heresy of Paraphrase" fiquei sem dúvida intrigada em ler o resto do livro. Texto muito bem estruturado que levanta questões muito interessantes sobre como devemos ver a Poesia (será que está pode ser decifrada? Será que deve ser decifrada? Afinal a tua fabricação é import [...]

    6. From what I understand, this is sort of the flagship of the close-reading/ new critical movement. As one might guess, it is full of polemical stuff about how one should value a poem as a poem and how one ought to recognize and appreciate the complexity and unity of poems, especially their imagery. That said, the readings of the poems in the book are really strong and help one's appreciation of them, even if they do seem a little-- shall we say-- self-involved. Do I wish I was as smart as Cleanth [...]

    7. Blah. he has some good readings of Keats and Donne, but too much time is taken up with quarrels with unheard of authors who seem to have pissed him off somehow. I'm perfectly fine with that- and I'm pretty much ok with much of the nominal tenets of New Criticism- but the results aren't all that interesting or incisive. Some good sections, interesting passages, but on the whole nothing that really affected me much. I thought there was more to be found. I won't look any further this way again.

    8. Every time I read this book I find something newly problematic/interesting about it. This is New Criticism at its finest, containing all the central formalist tenants that you will find in any other other formalist theorist. Most valuable is the treatment of poetry in itself and the inherent paradoxes found in works that disrupt the "scientific language". I love Brooks but so many of his concepts now face significant altercations. This does not mean his ideas are outdated, but it would be naive [...]

    9. Fantastic parallels drawn between the nature of paradoxical elements in poetry itself, and the scientific notion that is paradox. Poetry doesn't need to be bound by the same scientific notions as scholarly writing; i.e. It can draw on parallels, metaphor etc. in order to convey its point or 'intent'. Very glad I decided to read this, as it certainly adds to the context that I now read poetry in

    10. I'm not sure why I read this. It's supposedly a "classic" in poetry studies but hopefully poetry studies have come a long way since this was written. If you're intrested in reading some smart things about old poems, this is a good one for you.

    11. One of the finest studies of poetry ever written. The depth of understanding communicated in these 300 pages goes beyond impressive. An essential read even for those who might think that the New Criticism is outdated.

    12. I recommend this book to anyone looking for a challenging primer on poetry criticism. Brooks dissects 10 "poems" (in a non-scientific way), including Keats, Yeats, Shakespeare's "Macbeth," Pope's "Rape of Lock," etc.

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