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A Dictionary of Literary, Dramatic, and Cinematic Terms [By] Sylvan Barnet, Morton Berman [And] William Burto

Sylvan Barnet

ISBN 10: 9684344279 / ISBN 13: 9789684344273
Published by Boston, Little, Brown, 1971
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Title: A Dictionary of Literary, Dramatic, and ...

Publisher: Boston, Little, Brown

Publication Date: 1971

Book Condition:Fair

Edition: 2nd Edition.

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When Boswell asked Dr. Johnson "What is Poetry?" Johnson gae the inevitable reply: "Why Sir, it is much easier to say what it is not. We all know what light is; but it is not easy to tell what it is." It is not even easy to tell what a literary term is in its most mechanical aspect. The sort of definition that Dickens' Bitzer gave of a horse cannot so easily be given of a literatry term: "Bitzer," said Thomas Gradgrind. "Your definition of a horse." grinders, four eye-teeth, and twelve incisive. Sheds coat in the spring: in marshy countries sheds hoofs, too. Hoofs hard, but requiring to be shod with iron. Age know by marks in mouth." Thus (ans much more) Bitzer. "Now girl nuber twentry," said Mr. Gradgrind. "You know what a horse is" The following definitions, one hopes, have more mlife in them than Bitzer's horese, but they are only rough approximations of the was in which some ciritcs use the terms defined. These terms ought not to tyrannize the reader, they may in part be the means whereby he takes (in Hery James's word) "possession" of literature.

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