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comic relief

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The interruption of a serious work, especially a tragedy, by a short humorous episode. The inclusion of such comic scenes, characters, or speeches can have various and complex effects, ...

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The Oxford Dictionary of Literary Terms (4 ed.)

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2015

... relief The interruption of a serious work, especially a tragedy , by a short humorous episode. The inclusion of such comic scenes, characters, or speeches can have various and complex effects, ranging from relaxation after moments of high tension to sinister ironic brooding. Famous instances are the drunken porter’s speech in Macbeth (Act II, scene iii), and the dialogues between Hamlet and the gravediggers in Hamlet (Act V, scene i). Other playwrights of Shakespeare ’s time made frequent use of this technique, which can also be found in some prose...

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Brewer's Dictionary of Modern Phrase & Fable (2 ed.)

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... Relief . The first television programme so titled was screened in 1986 , the aim being to entertain the viewer while raising money for famine relief. Many famous comedians were involved, offering their services free. The concept sprang from the charity Band Aid , organizers of Bob Geldof's rock-music event Live Aid staged for the same purpose the previous year. Subsequent Comic Relief programmes have been of marathon length with the scope widened to raise money for all kinds of needy causes both at home and abroad. See also Red Nose Day...

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Pocket Oxford Italian Dictionary: English-Italian (4 ed.)

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2012
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Bilingual dictionaries
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Oxford Dictionary of English (3 ed.)

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2015
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English Dictionaries and Thesauri
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80 words
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The Canadian Oxford Dictionary (2 ed.)

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2005
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English Dictionaries and Thesauri
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28 words
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New Oxford American Dictionary (3 ed.)

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comic relief

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The interruption of a serious work, especially a tragedy, by a short humorous episode. The inclusion of such comic scenes, characters, or speeches can have various and complex effects, ranging from ...
16 The History of Illustration and its Technologies

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The Oxford Companion to the Book

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2010
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...the Icones Historiarum Veteris Testamenti ( 1547 ), largely derived from *Froschauer ’s folio Bible (Zurich, 1538 ), containing Holbein’s designs. In the same year the firm also published the celebrated and influential Dance of Death . The great advantage of woodcut (a relief method of printmaking) was that illustration and text could be printed together in the same press—a feature not provided by *intaglio and printing from metal. Generally, with 15 th - and 16 th -century European woodcut printing, artists such as Dürer and Holbein drew...

22 The History of the Book in France

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The Oxford Companion to the Book

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...to reissue titles from its own considerable list. Another notable postwar change has been the growth of children’s literature and the parallel development of children’s libraries since the first, ‘L’Heure joyeuse’, was opened in Paris in 1924 by a branch of the American Relief Committee. A landmark in this respect was the creation of the association La Joie par les livres in 1963 . A private initiative, it led to the opening of a model children’s library in the Paris suburb of Clamart in 1965 . In addition to specialized houses like L’École des...

Iro

Iro  

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(Monteverdi: Il ritorno d'Ulisse in Patria). Ten. Jester and glutton. A buffo role, providing comic relief. Killed by Ulisse. Creator (1640) unknown.
A King and No King

A King and No King  

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A tragi‐comedy by Beaumont and Fletcher, performed 1611, printed 1619.Its complex plot describes the military and sexual rivalry of two kings, Arbaces of Iberia and Tigranes of Armenia, both of whom ...
Stepin Fetchit

Stepin Fetchit  

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(c. 1902–1985), actor.His name now nearly synonymous with slow-witted, shuffling servility, Stepin Fetchit was a talented comic actor and the first African American movie star. Born Lincoln Theodore ...
Casina

Casina  

A: Titus Maccius Plautus Pf: 185–184bc, Rome Tr: 1852 G: Latin farce in verse S: Before the home of Lysidamus, 2nd c. bc C: 3m, 2f, extrasLysidamus, an old lecher, is determined to spend a night with ...
Helen Fielding

Helen Fielding  

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(1958– ),was born in Morley, West Yorkshire, and graduated with an English degree from St Anne's College, Oxford. Before becoming a writer, Fielding worked in television journalism, and made ...
David Ross Locke

David Ross Locke  

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(1833–88),born in New York state, became an itinerant printer and journalist mainly in Ohio, where he achieved fame during the Civil War as a humorist under the pseudonym Petroleum V. Nasby. The ...
Punch

Punch  

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An illustrated weekly comic periodical, founded 1841; at first a rather strongly Radical paper, gradually becoming less political. It ceased publication in 1992.It appears that the idea of starting ...
terracottas

terracottas  

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The term includes all objects made of fired clay; commonly, pots and household vessels are treated separately. Modellers were originally potters; later they were specialists who occasionally ...
plagiarism

plagiarism  

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The practice of taking someone else's work or ideas and passing them off as one's own. Recorded from the early 17th century, the word comes from Latin plagiarius ‘kidnapping’.
catharsis

catharsis  

The process of releasing, and thereby providing relief from, strong or repressed emotions. The notion of ‘release’ through drama derives from Aristotle's Poetics.The word comes from Greek katharsis, ...
Joseph

Joseph  

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Foster-father of Christ and husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary, died in the 1st century. All that is known of him for certain is contained in the Gospels: Matt. 1–2 and 13: 55; Luke 1–2 and 4: 22. He ...

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