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February 22, 2007

Practicing What He Preaches

Brooks, ''Irony as a Principle of Structure'' -- Jerz EL312 (Literary Criticism)

"Through his metaphors, he risks saying it partially and obscurely, and risks not saying it at all. But the risk must be taken, for direct statement leads to abstraction and threatens to take us out of poetry altogether" (85).

Uh, does this seem contradictory to anyone else? Yet, it makes sense, too. Sometimes the only way to get something across is through metaphors and other comparisons which require some risk taking and faith in your reader to pick up the meaning. What I loved most about this essay was how Brooks uses tons of metaphors and similes to make his points through the essay, which only further emphasizes and proves his point.

Posted by LorinSchumacher at February 22, 2007 3:45 PM


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