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animal

animal  

Animal Farm a fable (1945) by George Orwell which consists of a satire on Russian Communism as it developed under Stalin. The animals of the farm, led by the pigs, revolt against the cruel farmer, ...
ballet

ballet  

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Entertainment in which dancers, by use of mime, etc., perform to mus. to tell a story or to express a mood. The ballet was largely developed in the courts of Fr. and It. during the 16th and 17th ...
ballet de cour

ballet de cour  

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(Fr.).Fr. court ballet of the 17th cent. The Balet comique de la royne, comp. for the marriage festivities of the Duc de Joyeuse and the sister of the queen of Fr. in 1581 is considered the first of ...
Boethius

Boethius  

(c. 480–524),Roman statesman and philosopher, best known for The Consolation of Philosophy, which he wrote while in prison on a charge of treason. He argued that the soul can attain happiness in ...
emblem

emblem  

A heraldic device or symbolic object as a distinctive badge of a nation, organization, or family. The word is recorded from the late 16th century (as a verb), and comes from Latin emblema ‘inlaid ...
genre

genre  

A grouping of texts related within the system of literature by their sharing features of form and content. Ancient theoretical discussions of specific literary genres operate according to criteria ...
intermedio

intermedio  

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(It.). A type of entertainment popular in the 16th and 17th centuries, particularly in Italy; it could involve music, drama, and dance and was performed between the acts of a ...
metaphor

metaphor  

A figure of speech in which a word or phrase is applied to an object or action to which it is not literally applicable. Recorded from the late 15th century, the word comes via French and Latin from ...
Prudentius

Prudentius  

(348–post‐405),a Christian Latin poet born in Spain, the composer of many hymns. His Psychomachia, an allegorical account of the battle for the soul of man, was a very important influence on the ...
symbolism

symbolism  

The use (or perceived use) of symbols to represent ideas or qualities. See also colour symbolism; condensation; product-symbol format; ritual model; surplus meaning; symbol; symbolic; visual ...
trope

trope  

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Rhetorical figures of speech that can be found not just in written and spoken language but in all forms of communication. Traditionally the four ‘master tropes’ are regarded as being: metaphor, ...

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