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Unformatted text preview: The most difficult task of the New Critic is discovering and describing the thematic oppositions within a text which it attempts to transcend or resolve. Irony and ambiguity provide most potent forms of this contextual pressure. The most successful literature, therefore, struggles against the resistances of its own materials, its own structure, attempting to win through "to clarity and passion" (Brooks 805). Works Cited Brooks, Cleanth. "Irony as a Principle of Structure" The Critical Tradition. Ed., David H. Richter, New York: St. Martin's Press, 1989. Penn Warren, Robert. "Pure and Impure Poetry" Selected Essays. New York: Vintage Books, 1958....
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This note was uploaded on 08/23/2011 for the course PHIL 22 taught by Professor Gavin during the Spring '09 term at UCLA.
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