By David Mikics

ISBN-10: 030010636X

ISBN-13: 9780300106367

ISBN-10: 030013522X

ISBN-13: 9780300135220

A brand new instruction manual of Literary phrases deals a full of life, informative consultant to phrases and ideas that each pupil of literature must comprehend. Mikics’s definitions are essayistic, witty, discovered, and continually a excitement to learn. They sketch the derivation and historical past of every time period, together with specifically lucid causes of verse varieties and providing a company feel of literary sessions and hobbies from classicism to postmodernism. The instruction manual additionally offers a necessary map to the elaborate and from time to time complicated terrain of literary conception first and foremost of the twenty-first century: the writer has special a chain of phrases, from New feedback to queer idea, that serves as a concise yet thorough introduction to contemporary advancements in literary research. Mikics’s instruction manual is perfect for school room use in any respect degrees, from freshman to graduate. teachers can assign person entries, a lot of that are well-shaped essays of their personal correct. invaluable bibliographical feedback are given on the finish of such a lot entries. The Handbook’s relaxing variety and considerate standpoint will inspire scholars to browse and examine extra. each reader of literature may want to personal this compact, delightfully written advisor. (20070818)

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See D; F; S. B A ballad is a popular story told, and usually sung, in verse. Ballads are products of oral tradition, handed down from one singer to another, with later singers adding variations and changes of emphasis. They are often topical, dealing (for example) with a famous local murder case or kidnapping, much in the manner of a tabloid headline. Sometimes the event narrated is of worldwide importance, as in the remarkable ballad about the sinking of the Titanic, “When That Great Ship Went Down” (ca.

Aristotle in his Rhetoric (fourth century ) argues that rhetorical opposites, or antitheses, are effective because they remind us of refutations (arguments that depend on disproving an opposed proposition). In the Isaiah passage, the refutation might run as follows: the fragile undependability of nature illustrates, by contrast, the fact that God’s word remains in scripture, cited generation after generation. W. B. Yeats expounds the idea of the antithetical in a contrary manner to that of Aristotle.

Frege and, after him, Bertrand Russell asserted the centrality of logic for philosophical understanding. ) Beginning in , the Vienna Circle, including Moritz Schlick, Rudolf Carnap, and others, developed logical positivism, the effort to subject our thinking and expression to the strict standards of meaning associated with logic. Wittgenstein and Austin were profound, funny, and strikingly original in the ways they refounded philosophical discussion, suggesting that much of previous tradition had simply failed to pay attention to what we do and say.

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