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A New Handbook of Literary Terms by David Mikics

By David Mikics

A brand new instruction manual of Literary phrases deals a full of life, informative advisor to phrases and ideas that each pupil of literature must comprehend. Mikics’s definitions are essayistic, witty, realized, and continuously a excitement to learn. They sketch the derivation and heritage of every time period, together with specifically lucid reasons of verse types and providing a enterprise feel of literary sessions and routine from classicism to postmodernism. The guide additionally offers a precious map to the elaborate and every now and then complicated terrain of literary concept firstly of the twenty-first century: the writer has particular a chain of phrases, from New feedback to queer idea, that serves as a concise yet thorough introduction to fresh advancements in literary learn. Mikics’s instruction manual is perfect for school room use in any respect degrees, from freshman to graduate. teachers can assign person entries, a lot of that are well-shaped essays of their personal correct. priceless bibliographical feedback are given on the finish of so much entries. The Handbook’s relaxing type and considerate point of view will motivate scholars to browse and examine extra. each reader of literature may want to personal this compact, delightfully written consultant. (20070818)

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The aphorist raises a sentence or two to artful integrity. Friedrich Schlegel writes that an aphorism should be “like a miniature work of art . . ) Aphorisms are compact and pointed: often, like the porcupine, pointed in several different directions. Oscar Wilde’s aphorism “one’s real life is often the life one does not lead” can be understood as either cynical or idealizing; it seems to ask to be taken as both at once. The epigram, a related genre, is closer to a one-liner, and more restricted in its effectiveness than the aphorism.

So Burke, giving a somewhat narcoleptic impression of beauty. The beautiful, in contrast to the sublime, exhibits harmonious, unbroken shapes, and is soothing rather than shocking in its effects. A beautiful landscape gently urges and invites, offering rolling hills and slight valleys. The sublime, by contrast, confronts and shakes us with rocky crags, lightning storms, and thundering waterfalls. The opposition between the sublime and the beautiful is important in the work of a later philosopher (one influenced by Burke), Immanuel Kant.

Anacreon was a Greek poet who lived in Teos, in Asia Minor, perhaps around – . The proverbial wine, women, and song provided the subject matter of his poems. Anacreon pictures himself, and is depicted by his imitators (of which he had many), as a handsome, lascivious older man, devoted to the pleasures of drinking and sex. ” For a sparkling evocation of the Anacreontic tradition, see Gordon Braden, The Classics and English Renaissance Poetry (). Anacreontic anagnorisis. See  anagogic In biblical exegesis, the anagogic (from Greek anagoge, “upward”) is the level of interpretation oriented toward the heavenly afterlife.

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