Practical Criticism (63 words)

Literary/ Cultural Context Note

Context

Named after the Cambridge critic I. A. Richards' 1929 work Practical Criticism, where he described how his students were asked to respond to 'the words on the page' by reading poetry anonymously, in order to free them of preconceived ideas. Practical Criticism now refers to a way of reading poetry that concentrates on form and meaning, rather than wider historical, cultural or authorial contexts.