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Praising It New: The Best of the New Criticism

3.62 of 5 stars 3.62  ·  rating details  ·  8 ratings  ·  2 reviews
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 ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published May 13th 2008 by Swallow Press
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Gilbert Wesley Purdy
"R. P. Blackmur's "Lord Tennyson's Scissors: 1912-1950," the final essay in Praising It New: the best of the New Criticism, is a classic. It begins with a commonplace:

Poetry is a game we play with reality...

Of course, in 1951, when the essay was first published, this was not a commonplace at all. It has become one because the thought is so rich with implication that it became a part of our shared way of thinking about poetry.

Like all of our games poetry is fun to talk about. From such talk entir
Justin Evans
A good collection of the New Critics' more theoretical writing, from the formalist beginnings to Winters' moralizing and the later critique of modernism and modernity. Getting a good look at the way these critics developed is the best aspect of the book- for all the praise their early work received, I was surprised that the later essays were more interesting, perhaps because more unexpected. The section on the dissociation of sensibility, and the way it was used by Ransom and Jarrell to criticiz ...more
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