Cleanth Brooks
#3266 Overall Influence

Cleanth Brooks

American literary critic and academic

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Cleanth Brooks was an American literary critic and professor. He is best known for his contributions to New Criticism in the mid-20th century and for revolutionizing the teaching of poetry in American higher education. His best-known works, The Well Wrought Urn: Studies in the Structure of Poetry and Modern Poetry and the Tradition , argue for the centrality of ambiguity and paradox as a way of understanding poetry. With his writing, Brooks helped to formulate formalist criticism, emphasizing “the interior life of a poem” and codifying the principles of close reading.
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Schools

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Vanderbilt University
Vanderbilt University

Private research university in Nashville, Tennessee, United States

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Tulane University
Tulane University

Private research university in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

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Yale University
Yale University

Private research university in New Haven, Connecticut, United States

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Notable Works

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  • Understanding Poetry
  • The Well Wrought Urn: Studies in the Structure of Poetry

Influence Rankings by Discipline

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#643 World Rank #139 USA Rank
Literature