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. Book Source: Digital Library of India Item : Cleanth ioned. The Well Wrought Ursi ALSO BY CLEANTM BROOKS: Modern Poetry end the Trodltioas CLEANTH BROOKS The Wei! Wrought Urn STUDIES IN THE.

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First, the stanza definitely insists that the human soul is not merely natural. The most famous and best-known application of this doctrine of dramatic appropriateness is Brooks’s analysis of Keats’s ” Ode on a Grecian Urn “. Or, a historian who writes histories of the forest? Some modern poetry is difficult What Does Poetry Communicate? The weaving was not so simple as that. Obviously, there is a sense in which the cleeanth is thoroughly serious.

The last line goes on to suggest the essentially ironical obser- vation that there can be no real Cromwell without blood-guilt. But instead, our birth, he says, is a sleep and a forgetting. Yet urb adjective justifies itself, p’he past is fresh as with a dawn freshness— as fresh as the first beam glittering on the sail of an incoming ship.

Brools first scene is a dawn scene-sunrise and peo- ple going to work: Yet the imagery seems to me to be doing something else beneath this surface statement, and something which is very important.

The stanza has been justly admired. The poem, furthermore, displays a rather consistent symbol- ism.

The Well Wrought Urn

Is the babe natural or supernatural— an ordinary, helpless baby, who, as newborn, could not, of course, even toddle, much less stride the blast? For with that Pagan proud he combat will that day.


The fhe of the poem is the working out of the various tensions—set up by whatever means—by propositions, metaphors, symbols. And hurled his glistring beames through gloomy aire. Here we come close upon a Wordsworthian pun, though doubtless an unpremeditated pun.

The irony is that if the child looks long enough at that world, be- comes deeply enough involved in its beauties, the celestial radiance itself disappears. Because Heaven gave him everything that he could possibly wish. For her, there is no moral order: The real nature of the conventions of polite society, the heroic pre- tensions of that society as mirrored in the epic, the flattering cliches which society conventionally employs— all come in for a genial ragging.

Say, why are Beauties praised and honoured brookz. There is even a rather timid at- tempt at humor. We are dealing, not with history, but with a play. If we are willing to use imaginative understanding, we can come to know the poem as an object— we can share in the experience.

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I mean the average English professor. The Light Symbolism in Penserosa ‘ 4. We de- wroughy, quite properly, instances from the great style of the later plays. We expect the poet to say that the child, in being born, is waking up, deserting sleep and the realm of dream. The prevailing atmosphere of a game— a game played by good little boys and by unmannerly little ruffians, a game presided over by the stem schoolmaster, haunts the whole epi- sode.

The first stanza has a unity, but it is not a unky which finds its sanctions in the ordinary logic of language Jits sanctions are to be found in the wel context, and, to my mind, there alone. Tells how the drudging Goblin swei. Nevertheless, X have decided to relegate the more technical parts of this discus- sion to an appendix where they will be available for those readers who are interested, but will intrude as little as possible on the book proper. The second implication is this: It has not been my purpose to present this statement of the theme as a discovery; it is anything but that.


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Brrooks more formidable objection to the plan of the book might be that I have taken too clwanth into account the historical back- grounds of the poems I have discussed.

For the cliches, if they make the contention absurd and pompous, do indicate, by coming alive on another level, the true, if unconscious, nature of the struggle. Or, is it that beauty is easily flattered?

But from this point on, the effect of the prophecy is to hurry Macbeth into action and more action until he is finally precipitated into ruin. We might look to Lao Tzu to support this: Her comment on the clothes imagery reaches its climax with the following paragraphs: Moreover, the little town. He went on to question.

They are playing with their little spades and sand-buckets along the beach on which cleanty waves break. There is nothing in the rest of the poem that suggests humour— at least of the burlesque sort. Loosely or tightly organized?

Just before he renders thanks to the human heart, you will re- member, Ae poet says that the clouds do not give to, but take jProm, the eye their sober coloring.