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Joking Apart

A: Alan Ayckbourn Pf: 1978, Scarborough Pb: 1979 G: Com. in ...

Ayckbourn, Alan

Ayckbourn, Alan (1939– )   Quick reference

A Dictionary of Writers and their Works (3 ed.)

...Living Together ; Round and Round the Garden ] ( 1973 ) Drama Absent Friends ( 1974 ) Drama Confusions ( 1974 ) Drama Jeeves / By Jeeves ( 1975 ) Drama Bedroom Farce ( 1975 ) Drama Just Between Ourselves ( 1976 ) Drama Ten Times Table ( 1977 ) Drama Joking Apart ( 1978 ) Drama Sisterly Feelings , [and] Taking Steps ( 1979 ) Drama Suburban Strains ( 1980 ) Drama Season's Greetings ( 1980 ) Drama Way Upstream ( 1981 ) Drama Making Tracks ( 1981 ) Drama Intimate Exchanges ( 1982 ) Drama It Could Be Any One Of Us...

Frost, Robert

Frost, Robert (1874–1963)   Reference library

William Pritchard

The Oxford Companion to Modern Poetry (2 ed.)

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2013
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Literature, Literary studies - poetry and poets
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... * Robinson that ‘his life was a revel in the felicities of language’, and surely the claim could be made, even more appropriately, of Frost himself. While standing apart from the modernist work of his famous contemporaries— * Eliot , Pound , * Stevens —his own poetry, in its complication of tone and its delicate balancing of gravity and wit (‘I am never more serious than when joking’, he said more than once), asks for constant vigilance on the reader's part: a listening ear for the special postures of speech and the dramatic effects of silences. Like...

Portugal, Poetry of

Portugal, Poetry of   Reference library

J. Blackmore

The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics (4 ed.)

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2017
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Literature, Literary studies - poetry and poets
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... (courtly love songs in the voice of men), and cantigas de escarnho e mal dizer (joke and insult poetry). Galician-Port. poetry circulated orally and through performance . The cantigas de amigo are unique to Portugal and Iberia and constitute the largest corpus of woman-voiced poetry in Europe, although all extant compositions are attributed to male poets. The cantigas de amor tend to follow the model of Occitan poetry and in that regard are more conventional. The joke poetry is accomplished in polysemy , revels in transgressive imagery and bawdy...

Rhyme

Rhyme   Reference library

T.V.F. Brogan, S. Cushman, K. S. Chang, R.M.A. Allen, W. L. Hanaway, and C. Scott

The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics (4 ed.)

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2017
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Literature, Literary studies - poetry and poets
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...for ludic and didactic purposes, as in rhymed and rhythmical calendrical mnemonics, children’s counting-out and jump-rope rhymes, and jingles for ads (see Chasar) but for other types of memorable speech such as proverbs , epigrams , inscriptions, mottoes, riddles , puns, and jokes (Brogan). Children seem to be able to manufacture rhymes not only spontaneously and happily but more readily than the other six forms cited at the top of section II.B above, suggesting that the closural or “final-fixed” structure that is rhyme is somehow more salient for...

Italy, Poetry of

Italy, Poetry of   Reference library

T. Wlassics, C. Kleinhenz, and E. Livorni

The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics (4 ed.)

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2017
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Literature, Literary studies - poetry and poets
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...Its rough model is enriched by characters alive on the page—in spite of their irrational capriciousness. In addition to the usual types, Pulci introduced Morgante, the giant, inspirer of Rabelais; the ribald monster Margutte who dies of immoderate laughter at a gross practical joke; and the amusing “logician” fiend Astaroth, spokesman for Pulci’s religious doubts and occult leanings. Matteo Maria Boiardo ( 1441–94 ) made reference in a serious vein to the same material. Pulci’s attitude toward the Carolingian sources had reflected popular Tuscan city-bred...

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