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Quoting Verse

Another aspect to consider when writing about literature is getting your quotations correct. When incorporating quotations from poems into your writing, you must keep the lines exactly as the poet has set them down. Remember, this is what a quotation is: an exact reproduction of the original writing.

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Revenge Tragedy

Inspired by Seneca and made popular on the Elizabethan stage by Thomas Kyd’s Spanish Tragedy (1586), revenge tragedy depicts a son’s revenge for a father’s murder (or vice versa). The murder is revealed and directed to the protagonist by the murdered man’s ghost, as in Shakespeare’s Hamlet (1601).

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Some Views on Comedy

Comedy is, as I have said, an imitation of lower types; though it does not include the full range of badness, nevertheless to be ridiculous is a kind of deformity. The causes of laughter are errors and deformities that do not pain or injure us; the comic mask, for instance, is deformed and distorted but […]

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The Gothic

Gothic signifies a writing of excess. It appears in the awful obscurity that haunted eighteenth-century rationality and morality. It shadows the despairing ecstasies of Romantic idealism and individualism and the uncanny dualities of Victorian realism and decadence.

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Courtly Love Conventions

Somewhere between the merry sensuality of Ovid and the ecstatic spirituality of Platonism is the tradition of Courtly Love. Courtly love resembles the Ovidian convention in that it is not supersensous: its aim is physical consummation, its object of love physical beauty.

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The Heroic Couplet

The heroic couplet achieved widespread usage only after the Restoration, where one finds it both in poetry and drama. In fact, its adoption in the “heroic drama” of the 1660s and 1670s gave the closed couplet its better known name: the heroic couplet.

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