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With new entries and delicate edits, this 5th variation locations J.A. Cuddon’s crucial dictionary firmly within the twenty first Century.

  • Written in a transparent and hugely readable type
  • Comprehensive historic insurance extending from precedent days to the current day
  • Broad highbrow and cultural variety
  • Expands at the prior version to include the latest  literary terminology
  • New fabric is very centred in components resembling gender reviews and queer concept, post-colonial thought, post-structuralism, post-modernism, narrative concept, and cultural stories.
  • Existing entries were edited to make sure that issues obtain balanced remedy


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Anamnesis (Gk ‘recalling to mind’) The recollection of ideas, people or events (in a previous existence). ), but it may also pervade a work of fiction or a poem. It is a special kind of harking back, and the maieutic processes of the writer often involve it. Proust’s A la recherche du temps perdu is a good example in fiction. Among poets, the anamnesic element is particularly noticeable in the work of W. B. Yeats, Ezra Pound, T. S. Eliot and W. H. Auden. In philosophy, the term refers 34 anaphora to a Platonic theory which posits that knowledge is innate and ‘remembered’ by the process of education, rather than learned.

And thus bigan his lovyng of Criseyde, As I have told, and in this wise he deyde.  . See also incremental repetition; rhyme. anaphoric rhyme See rhyme. anastrophe (Gk ‘turning back’) The inversion of the normal order of words for a particular effect. The word order in these lines, from the beginning of Belial’s speech in the Council of Pandemonium in Paradise Lost, is deliberately confused to suggest Belial’s speciousness: I should be much for open war, O Peers, As not behind in hate, if what was urged Main reason to persuade immediate war Did not dissuade me most, and seem to cast Ominous conjecture on the whole success.

Provides many instances of fortuitous experience which have helped in the creative act. In fact, one might go so far as to say that it may be a fundamental part of the process of inspiration and invention. Those who practise aleatoric techniques are somewhat more deliberate. They do not leave things to chance; they create the opportunities of chance. There is a certain ‘method’ in their ‘madness’, as it were. For example, a writer may write down a large number of words on different pieces of paper, throw the pieces of paper into the air, see how (like dice) they fall – and then join the words together according to their random disposition.

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