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By M.H., Harpham, Geoffrey Abrams

ISBN-10: 1413033903

ISBN-13: 9781413033908

First released fifty years in the past, A thesaurus OF LITERARY phrases continues to be an important textual content for all critical scholars of literature. Now totally up-to-date to mirror the newest scholarship on fresh and swiftly evolving severe theories, the 9th version incorporates a entire word list of crucial literary phrases offered as a sequence of enticing essays that discover the phrases, position them in context, and recommend similar entries and extra analyzing. This quintessential, authoritative, and hugely cheap reference covers phrases worthwhile in discussing literature and literary background, idea, and feedback. excellent as a center textual content for introductory literary idea or as a complement to any literature direction, this vintage paintings is a useful reference that scholars can proceed to exploit all through their educational careers.

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Authoritative (narration): 272. authorship: 18. autobiography: 26. automatic writing: 202; 357. avant-garde (a0 von-gard00 ): 203. ballad: A short definition of the popular ballad (also called the folk ballad or traditional ballad) is that it is a song, transmitted orally, which tells a story. Ballads are thus the narrative species of folk songs, which originate, and are communicated orally, among illiterate or only partly literate people. In all probability the initial version of a ballad was composed by a single author, but he or she is unknown; and since each singer who learns and repeats an oral ballad is apt to introduce changes in both the text and the tune, it exists in many variant forms.

The term has been adopted with reference to literature, with a variety of applications. It may signify any elaborately formal and magniloquent style in verse or prose—for example, some verse passages in Milton’s Paradise Lost (1667) and Thomas De Quincey’s prose descriptions of his dreams in Confessions of an English Opium Eater (1822) have both been called baroque. Occasionally—though oftener on the Continent than in England—it serves as a period term for postRenaissance literature in the seventeenth century.

What cat’s averse to fish? And in Don Juan (1819–24; I. ) Byron uses anticlimax to deflate the would-be gallantry of Juan’s father: A better cavalier ne’er mounted horse, Or, being mounted, e’er got down again. battle rapping: 243. beast fable: 8. Beat writers: Beat writers identifies a loose-knit group of poets and novelists, in the second half of the 1950s and early 1960s, who shared a set of social attitudes— antiestablishment, antipolitical, anti-intellectual, opposed to the prevailing cultural, BIOGRAPHY 25 literary, and moral values, and in favor of unfettered self-realization and selfexpression.

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