Cleanth Brooks (1906–1994) was an influential American literary critic and professor. He is best known for his contributions to New Criticism, a movement that emphasized close reading and the analysis of literary texts without considering external factors such as author biography or historical context. Brooks co-authored 'Understanding Poetry' and 'Understanding Fiction', both of which were seminal texts in the New Criticism movement. His work had a significant impact on the study of English literature in the mid-20th century.
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"Understanding Poetry" is a comprehensive guide that aims to educate readers about the art of poetry, its interpretation, and its appreciation. It breaks down complex concepts into easily understandable language, making it a suitable read for both novices and seasoned poetry enthusiasts. The book covers a wide range of topics, from the basics of rhythm and meter to more advanced concepts like symbolism and imagery, and includes examples from a variety of poets to illustrate these concepts. It also encourages readers to engage with poetry on a deeper level, fostering a greater appreciation for this form of literature.