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Like our strange garments, cleave not to their mould. The poem does not try to find the truth-value of a particular idea; it tries to juxtapose many, contradictory ideas together and reach a sort of resolution. How large that background is has not always been noticed. In general, we may say, Shakespeare has made it relatively easy for his admirers to choose what they like and neglect what they like.

It gives her her retinue of airy guardians. 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 “.

Here, if anywhere, in my opinion, is to be found the blemish on the ode— not in the last two lines. If we take the epitaph in isolation, perhaps they are. The Well Wrought Urn is divided into eleven chapters, ten of which attempt close readings of celebrated English poems from verses in Shakespeare’s Macbeth to Yeats’s “Among School Children”.


They offer him knowledge which cannot be ar- rived at rationally. But even here one needs to make important qualification: Respect for it may at least insure our dealing with the problem of truth at the level on which it is really relevant to literature. The commentary which has been going on, though it has begun as that of the solitary observer, has become more general, more external. Melancholy becomes thus, in association The Weil Wroughf Ora with Science, a kind of wisdom which allows him to see through the vanities which delude the Proud.

Macbeth at this point wants no honors that are not honestly his. In the same way, one could enlarge on the hint that the lover is not wholly satisfied and content: Herrick persists with a shrewd- ness worthy of Sir James Frazer in seeing the May-day rites as religious rites, though, of course, those of a pagan religion.

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The alleged burlesque is justified by Tillyard on what are really extrapoetic grounds: And how, according to the poem, are these best philosophers reading it?

They are certainly not vivid and fresh metaphors. And again, names and dates have been omitted. One is not to become tangled in the mesh of scruples himself. For the tension between the two choices de- wdought upon their presentation as choices which can appeal to the same mind; and the element of choice is worth emphasizing.


There is a further point that comes out of our examination: For that reason tge is almost pathetic when the shallow rationalism which his wife urges upon him fails. What he gives on one or another level is usually so magnificent that the reader finds it easy to ignore other levels. Search the history of over billion web pages on wwell Internet. The supernatural guardians in The Rape of the Lock are made much of, but their effectiveness is hardly com- mensurate with their zeal.

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It can be performed as validly for bad works as good ones. It is the fac- ulty by which we live. Pope does clsanth hold chastity to be of no account.

To make them kings, the seed of Banquo kings! This is that Brooks and the New Critics did not discount the study of the historical context of the literary work, nor its affective potential for the reader, nor its connection to the life experiences of the author.

But 1 must confer that I feel the solution is asserted rather than dramatized. If, however, he knew what he was doing, he can only have meant to be funny.