Study Guide

New Criticism Analysis

"Composed upon Westminster Bridge" by William Wordsworth

Wordsworth's "Composed upon Westminster Bridge" gets some major attention from the New...

"Ode on a Grecian Urn" by John Keats

Keats was a favorite of the New Critics—probably because he loved a good paradox. In The...

All's Well That Ends Well by William Shakespeare

If you read the New Critics, you're bound to read about Shakespeare. In William Empson's 7 Types...

"The Red Wheelbarrow" by William Carlos Williams

A poem like William Carlos Williams's "The Red Wheelbarrow" seems to demand a close reading. It's...

"A Serenade at the Villa" by Robert Browning

Sometimes the New Critics illustrated big points with one tiny example. Like when Yvor Winters...