Cleanth Brooks

The Well Wrought Urn

Studies in the Structure of Poetry

"Masterly exercises in the kind of close critical explication that enriches our appreciation of the poems examined.“ George F. Whicher, New York Herald Tribune Book Review.

This book consists of detailed commentaries on ten famous English poems from the Elizabethan period to the the present. The specific works Mr. Brooks has chosen for examination are:

  • Donne’s “The Canonization“,
  • Shakespeare’s Macheth,
  • Milton’s “L’Allegro” and “Il Penseroso“,
  • Herick’s “Corinna’s going a-Maying",
  • Pope’s The Rape of the Lock,
  • Gray’s “Elegy written in a Country Churchyard“,
  • Wordsworth’s “Ode: Intimations of Immortality from Recollections of Early Childhood”,
  • Keat’s “Ode on a Grecian Urn”,
  • Tennyson’s “Tears, Idle Tears”,
  • Yeats’s “Among School Children".

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