This is a scholarly attempt to evaluate the role of the new critics in literary history, among them T. S. Eliot, Allen Tate,...

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THE NEW APOLOGISTS FOR POETRY

This is a scholarly attempt to evaluate the role of the new critics in literary history, among them T. S. Eliot, Allen Tate, Cleanth Brooks. For the most part they stand for a kind of neo-classicism in poetry as opposed to romanticism, for the dry versus the fluid school of verse, for precise, textual exegesis as against intuitive, impressionistic criticism. Hedging a good deal, the author does not seem to care for them. The main value of the volume is that it is a sturdy attempt to define aesthetics, particularly poetics, and these fine spun arguments may be provocative and provide further controversey, among a very limited audience.

Pub Date: April 17, 1956

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Publisher: Univ. of Minnesota

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1, 1956