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In literature, the paradox is a literary device consisting of the anomalous juxtaposition of incongruous ideas for the sake of striking exposition or unexpected insight. It functions as a method of literary composition — and analysis — which involves examining apparently contradictory statements and drawing conclusions either to reconcile them or to explain their presence. Cleanth Brooks, an active member of the New Critical movement, outlines the use of reading poems through paradox as a method of critical interpretation. Paradox in poetry means that tension at the surface of a verse can lead to apparent contradictions and hypocrisies. And I do not mean that the connotations are important as supplying some sort of frill or trimming, something external to the real matter in hand.

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Academic Editing Academic Editing Services hiring a professional editor is an important part of preparing a good thesis. This is compiled from various web and book resources. In literature, the paradox is a literary device consisting of the anomalous juxtaposition of incongruous ideas for the sake of striking exposition or unexpected insight. It functions as a method of literary composition - and analysis - which involves examining apparently contradictory statements and drawing conclusions either to reconcile them or to explain their presence.

Cleanth Brooks, an active member of the New Critical movement, outlines the use of reading poems through paradox as a method of critical interpretation.

Paradox in poetry means that tension at the surface of a verse can lead to apparent contradictions and hypocrisies. And I do not mean that the connotations are important as supplying some sort of frill or trimming, something external to the real matter in hand.

I mean that the poet does not use a notation at all--as a scientist may properly be said to do so. The poet, within limits, has to make up his language as he goes. In this passage, Brooks stresses that poetic language is inherently different from scientific language because the poet constructs his language as he goes and defines his own rules. The poet, then, has control over language, and must take an active role in the shaping of what literature means.

The individual poet is given a great deal of power, then, in the process of knowledge making and the reader is isolated from the production of meaning. In the writing of poems, paradox is used as a method by which unlikely comparisons can be drawn and meaning can be extracted from poems both straightforward and enigmatic.

Though London is a man-made marvel, and in many respects in opposition to nature, the speaker does not view London as a mechanical and artificial landscape but as a landscape comprised entirely of nature.

Since London was created by man, and man is a part of nature, London is thus too a part of nature. This seems to parody both love and religion, but in fact it combines them, pairing unlikely circumstances and demonstrating their resulting complex meaning. He contends that these several meanings are impossible to convey at the right depth and emotion in any language but that of paradox. Brooks' contemporaries in the sciences were, in the 40's and 50's, reorganizing university science curricula into codified disciplines.

The study of English, however, remained less defined and it became a goal of the New Critical movement to justify literature in an age of science by separating the work from its author and reader, and by examining it as a self-sufficient artifact. Although paradox and irony as New Critical tools for reading poetry are often conflated, they are independent poetical devices. Irony functions as a presence in the text — the overriding context of the surrounding words that make up the poem.

The bartender gives it to her. Irony is the key to validating the poem because a test of any statement grows from the context — validating a statement demands examining the statement in the context of the poem and determining whether it is appropriate to that context. Paradox, however, is essential to the structure and being of the poem. In The Language of Paradox The Well Wrought Urn Brooks shows that paradox was so essential to poetic meaning that paradox was almost identical to poetry.

This existence of opposites or contraries and the reconciliation thereof is poetry and the meaning of the poem. Labels: Brooks , canonization , Cleanth , irony , john donne , language , leaving India , paradox , poetry , rachana joshi , westminister bridge , wordsworth.

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In literature , the paradox is an anomalous juxtaposition of incongruous ideas for the sake of striking exposition or unexpected insight. It functions as a method of literary composition and analysis that involves examining apparently contradictory statements and drawing conclusions either to reconcile them or to explain their presence. Literary or rhetorical paradoxes abound in the works of Oscar Wilde and G. Most literature deals with paradox of situation; Rabelais , Cervantes , Sterne , Borges , and Chesterton are recognized as masters of situation as well as verbal paradox. Statements such as Wilde's "I can resist anything except temptation" and Chesterton's "spies do not look like spies" [2] are examples of rhetorical paradox. Further back, Polonius ' observation that "though this be madness, yet there is method in't" is a memorable third. A paradox may be absurd but upon closer examination rings true.

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