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Closet Drama

Closet Drama   Reference library

The Oxford Encyclopedia of British Literature

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2006
Subject:
Literature
Length:
3,628 words

...for the public or court performances. In his preface to Samson , which he calls a “dramatic poem,” Milton says he is out to vindicate Tragedy from the small esteem, or rather infamy, which in the account of many it undergoes at this day with other common Interludes [plays]; happ’ning through the Poet's error of intermixing Comic stuff with Tragic sadness and gravity or introducing trivial and vulgar persons, which by all judicious hath been counted absurd; and brought in without discretion, corruptly to gratify the people. Samson Agonistes is filled with...

American English

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The Oxford Companion to the English Language (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2018
Subject:
Language reference, History of English, Linguistics
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3,891 words

...the tongue lifted toward the soft roof of the mouth. (12) Secondary stress is normal on the penultimate syllables of words like laboratory and secretary , so that these words end like Tory and Terry . At the same time, syncope is common in words like fam’ly, fed’ral, happ’ning . Grammar (1) For the verb get , the old past participle gotten occurs alongside the newer got . Americans use both, but differently. Gotten generally occurs when a process rather than a state or condition is intended: I’ve gotten it means ‘acquired’, whereas I’ve got...

London

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The Oxford Guide to Literary Britain & Ireland (3 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2009
Subject:
Literature, Society and culture
Length:
76,697 words

... 1981 ‘New Cross Massacre’ was a fire at 439 New Cross Rd that killed 13 people, and which was believed by some to have been a racially motivated arson attack; it was commemorated in a poem by Linton Kwesi Johnson , ‘New Craas Massakah’: fi know seh dem kine a ting deh couda happn to wi inna disya Great Britn inna Landan tiddey … Dulwich ( pr. ˈDullidge ), district to the S. Edward Alleyn ( 1566–1622 ), the actor‐manager, bought the manor here in 1605 and in 1619 founded Dulwich College , rebuilt in 1870 on the edge of the common. The school...

baby

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Green's Dictionary of Slang

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2011
Subject:
Language reference
Length:
6,597 words

... but their pa Mass George is my Pa too only he did have me with a lady friend he was keeping one time over at Morningside. But she did have other children from before I born and Me Ma did take me from I small and raise me up in her house. 1992 V. Headley Yardie 23: So what happ'n to the baby father? 2000 Ebonics Primer at www.dolemite.com [Internet] babydaddy Definition: a male who fathers a young child but is not married to the mother. Example: I gonna have to send my babydaddy to court for child support . 2000 W. Shaw Westsiders 56: White...

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