Praising It New: The Best of the New Criticism / Edition 1

Praising It New: The Best of the New Criticism / Edition 1

by Garrick Davis
     
 

ISBN-10: 0804011087

ISBN-13: 9780804011082

Pub. Date: 05/13/2008

Publisher: Ohio University Press

Marked by a rigorously close textual reading, detached from
biographical or other extratextual material, New Criticism was the
dominant literary theory of the mid-twentieth century. Since that
time, schools of literary criticism have arisen in support of or in opposition to
the approach advocated by the New Critics. Nonetheless, the theory

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Overview

Marked by a rigorously close textual reading, detached from
biographical or other extratextual material, New Criticism was the
dominant literary theory of the mid-twentieth century. Since that
time, schools of literary criticism have arisen in support of or in opposition to
the approach advocated by the New Critics. Nonetheless, the theory remains
one of the most important sources for groundbreaking criticism and continues
to be a controversial approach to reading literature.
Praising It New is the first anthology of New Criticism to be printed in fifty
years. It includes important essays by such influential poets and critics as
T. S. Eliot, Ezra Pound, John Crowe Ransom, Allen Tate, Yvor Winters,
Cleanth Brooks, R. P. Blackmur, W. K. Wimsatt, and Robert Penn Warren.
Together, these authors ushered in the modernist age of poetry and criticism
and transformed the teaching of literature in the schools. As the American
poet and critic Randall Jarrell once noted: “I do not believe there has been another
age in which so much extraordinarily good criticism of poetry has
been written.”
This anthology now makes much of the best American poetry criticism available
again, and includes short biographies and selected bibliographies of its
chief figures. Praising It New is the perfect introduction for students to the
best American poetry criticism of the twentieth century.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780804011082
Publisher:
Ohio University Press
Publication date:
05/13/2008
Edition description:
1
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents


Foreword   William Logan
Forward into the Past: Reading the New Critics     ix
Acknowledgments     xvii
A Note on the Editor's Method of Selection     xix
Introduction: The Golden Age of Poetry Criticism   Garrick Davis     xxi
Where to Begin?     1
The Ideal Approach to Criticism
Introduction to The Sacred Wood   T. S. Eliot     3
The Perfect Critic   T. S. Eliot     7
The New Syllabus
How to Read   Ezra Pound     16
Against the Historical Method
Miss Emily and the Bibliographer   Allen Tate     39
Teaching Literary Criticism
Criticism, Inc.   John Crowe Ransom     49
Is Literary Criticism Possible?   Allen Tate     61
The New Criticism     73
First Principles
Preliminary Problems   Yvor Winters     75
The Formalist Critics   Cleanth Brooks     84
Against the Fallacies
The Affective Fallacy   W. K. Wimsatt   Monroe C. Beardsley     92
The Intentional Fallacy   W. K. Wimsatt   Monroe C. Beardsley     102
The Purity of Poetry
Pure and Impure Poetry   R. P. Warren     117
TheObjective Correlative
Hamlet and His Problems   T. S. Eliot     138
The Dissociation of Sensibility
The Metaphysical Poets   T. S. Eliot     143
The Isolation of Modern Poetry   Delmore Schwartz     151
Close Reading
Texts from Housman   Randall Jarrell     161
Some Post-Symbolist Structures   Hugh Kenner     169
Techniques and Truths     183
Breaking the Pentameter
A Retrospect   Ezra Pound     185
Reflections on Vers Libre   T. S. Eliot     195
Making it New
Poets Without Laurels   John Crowe Ransom     202
The End of the Line   Randall Jarrell     213
The Problem of Form   J. V. Cunningham     220
Poetry as a Moral Discipline
Foreword to Primitivism and Decadence   Yvor Winters     224
The Morality of Poetry   Yvor Winters     233
Appraising Poets and Periods     245
The Correction of Taste
T. S. Eliot: Thinker and Artist   Cleanth Brooks     247
Religious Poetry in the United States   R. P. Blackmur     260
Towards a Post-Kantian Verbal Music   Kenneth Burke     272
Coda
Lord Tennyson's Scissors: 1912-1950   R. P. Blackmur     286
Selected Biographies and Bibliographies     303
Source Credits     331

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