By Sir Frank Kermode. Published 1998. ISBN 9780718715885
Not similar to literary criticism, the art taught and practised by Cleanth Brooks espouses the view that poems could be read for themselves, whereby the reader recognises and enjoys all variations and juxtapositions of thoughts and images as well as the unique tensions of a poem. Frank Kermode analyses not only this very theory of poetry as outlined by Brooks, but also the very forces, such as historicism, that seemed to undermine this theory and poetry as a whole.