Glossary of Literary Terms, 7th edition by M.H. Abrams

By M.H. Abrams

First released in 1957, A thesaurus of Literary phrases comprises succinct essays at the phrases utilized in discussing literature, literary background, and literary feedback. this article is an necessary reference for college students.

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On autobiography: Wayne Shumaker, English Autobiography (1954); Roy Pascal, Design and Truth in Autobiography (1960); Estelle C. , Women's Autobiography: Essays in Criticism (1980); and The Tradition of Women's Autobiography from Antiquity to the Present (1986). John N. Morris, in Versions of the Self: Studies in English Autobiography from John Bunyan to John Stuart Mill (1966), deals both with religious and secular spiritual autobiographies. M. H. Abrams, in Natural Supernaturalism (1971), narrates the history of spiritual autobiography and describes the wide ramifications of the type in historical and philosophical as well as literary forms.

Rodway (1957). 20 BAROQUE · BATHOS AND ANTICLIMAX Baroque is a term applied by art-historians (at first derogatorily, but now merely descriptively) to a style of architecture, sculpture, and painting that developed in Italy at the beginning of the seventeenth century and then spread to Germany and other countries in Europe. The style employs the classical forms of the Renaissance, but breaks them up and intermingles them to achieve elaborate, grandiose, energetic, and highly dramatic effects. Major examples of baroque art are the sculpture of Bernini and the architecture of St.

More frequently it is applied specifically to the elaborate verses and extravagant conceits of the late-sixteenth and early seventeenth-century poets Giambattista Marino in Italy and Luis de Gongora in Spain. In English literature the metaphysical poems of John Donne are sometimes described as baroque; but the term is more often, and more appropriately, applied to the elaborate style, fantastic conceits, and extreme religious emotionalism of the poet Richard Crashaw, 1612-49; see under metaphysical conceit.

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