By Edward Quinn
In transparent, non-technical language, this dictionary of greater than 1,000 literary phrases and topics takes an improved view of the time period "literary." This publication supplies readers not just a standard literary vocabulary, but in addition the information of similar theoretical, historic, and cultural phrases they wish within the interdisciplinary global of up to date literary stories. New entries contain: conventional literary phrases and topics, akin to individualism, skepticism, and the Odysseus/Ulysses subject; literary themes that experience turn into more and more well known in recent times, similar to terrorism and legal literature; and topics perennially renowned between writers, resembling alcoholism, baseball, and vampirism. positive factors contain: clean definitions and examples of ordinary literary and similar phrases reminiscent of meter, antagonist, and New feedback; essays on significant topics in literature corresponding to evil, strength, love, dying, time, and extra; phrases concerning multicultural and feminist literature; significant modern theoretical phrases, with transparent definitions and examples; tradition phrases from movie, tv, psychology, heritage, and different fields on the topic of literature; references for additional analyzing; and wide cross-references
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Its classical statement occurs in the Myth of the Cave in Plato’s Republic: Plato’s parable pictures people chained in a cave and facing a wall. They can see only shadows cast by objects in the light of a fire within the cave. Most people remain within the cave, but a few venture outside where they finally look up to see the sun, the true source of light. This movement from appearance to reality is based on a philosophy of idealism, the belief that ultimate reality resides in ideas, not in matter.
Aphaeresis See SYNCOPE. ” An aphorism is similar to an EPIGRAM, differing only in the epigram’s emphasis on WIT. apocalypse Literally, the last book of the BIBLE, the Book of Revelation accord- ing to John. The more general sense, reflected in the adjective apocalyptic, is a type of literature that is prophetic or focused on the end of the world. Among English poets associated with the apocalyptic strain, the outstanding figures are William Blake, many of whose works—including his Milton (1801) and Jerusalem (1804)—are apocalyptic visions, and William Butler Yeats, whose “The Second Coming” is among the most celebrated poems of the 20th century.
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A Dictionary of Literary And Thematic Terms by Edward Quinn