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Yvor Winters: Allusion and Pseudo-Reference

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By Christopher Ricks. Published 2002. ISBN 9780718716462



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Christopher Ricks starkly points out that Yvor Winters, quite paradoxically, was a different person as a poet and as a critic. While, as the critic, he deplored such poets as Keats and Tennyson (just to name a few), Winters, as the poet, created poems that were visibly influenced by those same poets he criticised. Unlike Cleanth Brooks, to whom this lecture gives honour, Winters reduces allusion to references, a premature conclusion that underestimates the success of allusions. Ricks goes into depth about Winter's criticism of allusions and pseudo-references, which leads to his own criticism of Winter.