A New Handbook of Literary Terms by David Mikics

By David Mikics

A brand new guide of Literary phrases deals a full of life, informative advisor to phrases and ideas that each scholar of literature must be aware of. 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 particularly lucid motives of verse kinds and providing a company experience of literary classes and activities from classicism to postmodernism. The instruction manual additionally provides a worthy map to the difficult and now and then complicated terrain of literary thought at the start of the twenty-first century: the writer has unique a sequence of phrases, from New feedback to queer idea, that serves as a concise yet thorough introduction to contemporary advancements in literary learn. Mikics’s instruction manual is perfect for lecture 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 stress-free variety and considerate viewpoint will inspire scholars to browse and examine extra. each reader of literature probably want to personal this compact, delightfully written consultant. (20070818)

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But the heights of the ballad form are reached in “Sir Patrick Spens,” one of the best traditional Scottish ballads: The king sat in Dumferling town Drinking the blood-red wine. ” The ominous, foreshadowing tone, visible in the tint of the “blood-red wine,” and the rapid opening move into narrative action are characteristic of the ballad. Ballads practice the art of “leaping and lingering”: sudden transitions to climactic moments, along with a resonant dwelling on certain unforgettable scenes. They set in motion the steady and inexorable draw of taletelling, and often cap this steadiness with the shock of a perfectly aimed narrative gesture or detail.

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Machiavelli is a modern: although he relies on Livy and other classics in his political theory, for him the ancient authors mostly offer a heartening escape, rather than a definitive guide to life, which has changed since the old days. ) But it need not be assumed that, for us moderns, the ancients are out of date, mere sources of refreshing contrast. The distance between Greek and Roman wisdom and our latter-day experience can instead be seen as a genuine debate, an intellectual contest. Indeed, the ancients might judge us, and find us lacking.

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