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Consider the salient features of the New Criticism.

Consider the salient features of the New Criticism.

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    1. New Criticism views a poem as a self-contained aesthetic object that is independent of the poet, the reader, and a larger body of literature. It is concerned with close reading, or the analysis of the text itself.
    2. A New Criticism analysis would focus on the function and form of each line of a poem and the way in which the line reveals the meaning of the poem.
    3. New Criticism was a reaction to the application of the historical-biographical method to literature, which New Critics saw as an attempt to make the study of literature a branch of history.
    4. New Critics believe literature is autonomous and self-referential.
    5. New Criticism has attempted to use the text to establish the meaning of the text.

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