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United States literary critic and historian (1886-1963)

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Cleanth Brooks once imagined what postmodern literary critics could have made of "Mary Had a Little Lamb," and it makes just as much sense to ask what the Straussians could do with the nursery rhyme.
The play on "counterfeit" and "true prince" which Cleanth Brooks and Robert Penn Warren discussed years ago in Understanding Drama, is another such instance, one that Fahey mentions but without reference to Brooks and Warren.
He is also a recipient of the Cleanth Brooks Prize in Nonfiction from the Southern Review.
In his classic volume coedited with Cleanth Brooks, Understanding Poetry, the finest introductory textbook on poetry ever published, Warren asks what we mean when we use the word form and observes, "To create a form is to find a way to contemplate, and perhaps to comprehend, our human urgencies.
Berry has written more than 50 books of poetry, fiction and essays, and was recently awarded the Cleanth Brooks Medal for Lifetime Achievement.
Triangulating them with Cleanth Brooks and Robert Penn Warren's Understanding Poetry, the single most influential poetry textbook of the twentieth century, as I shall occasionally do here, is a bit less common, but provides an additional context for thinking about A Test of Poetry: its genesis, its distribution, its reception, its formal features.
Perhaps Burke's differences from his contemporaries like Cleanth Brooks and Rene Wellek placed him on the sidelines during the era of high formalism, while his deep concern with literary form meant that he was bound to be marginalized by later poststructuralist and Marxist currents.
Holt Literary Prize, the Jefferson Medal, the Cleanth Brooks Medal of the Fellowship of Southern Writers, the Charles Frankel Prize for Contributions to the Humanitites, the inaugural W.E.B.
(Not that what they said was new--if Cleanth Brooks could say that an author could write better than he (sic) knew, or Wimsatt propose the "intentional fallacy", we are in the same territory.) This should lead us into the indeterminate deconstructionist text, and away from history or background, which tend to give objective meaning to texts--"writing", rather than "writing by an author".
It's a journey that takes the reader from Gay's Beggars Opera at the beginning of the eighteenth century; through mid-century Scotland in the collections of Allan Ramsay, Home's tragedy Douglas, and eventually the poetry of Burns; via the eighteenth-century understanding of Shakespeare and his relationship to the popular; to a discussion of Wordsworth and Blake; and eventually to an account of the American use of the ballad from Child onwards, especially as part of the school and college curriculum at the end of the nineteenth and beginning of the twentieth centuries, and culminating in the remarkable appeal of the ballad to those doyens of academic New Criticism, Cleanth Brooks and Robert Penn Warren.
In an important essay on Housman, Cleanth Brooks posits several analogies between Housman's "doomed young soldiers" and Hemingway's "hero as man-at-arms during the First World War" (292).
I suppose Godly Letters could be the answer to the comically absurd question: "What would happen if you mixed Perry Miller with Harold Bloom with, say, Cleanth Brooks?"
The question of belief and literature--of how far it is possible for readers to respond to a work which embodies a view of life and experience diametrically opposed to their own was extensively debated in the 1950's and 60's by such eminent figures as T.S.Eliot, Cleanth Brooks, W.K.