Yvor Winters


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American poet and critic, whose own poems exemplify his critical doctrine of classicism, restraint, moral judgement, and ‘cold certitude’. (See New Criticism.) His In Defense of Reason (1947) contains three earlier works, Primitivism and Decadence (1937), Maule's Curse (1938), and The Anatomy of Nonsense (1943), all of which attack obscurantism and Romanticism.

Subjects: Literature.

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