A conspicuously formal and elaborate prose style which was in vogue in 1850s in drama, in prose fiction, and probably also in the conversations of English court circles. Continue reading Euphuism (Literary Term)
University Wits is a term used to describe a group of late-16th-century English playwrights and pamphleteers who were educated at the universities (Oxford or Cambridge) and who became popular secular writers. Continue reading University Wits
Chester plays, york plays, Wakefielf or Towneley Plays, Coventry Plays Continue reading Cycles of Plays
Interlude: Latin word meaning – between the play. It’s a term applied to a variety of short stage entertainments, such as secular farces and witty dialogues with a religious or political point of view. In the late 15th and early 16th century
These little dramas were performed in between the courses of a feast or between the acts of a longer play. Continue reading Interludes
Morality Plays were the plays in 15th and early 16th century in which characters exemplify moral or religious abstractions. They were didactic in nature, and their main aim was to instill fear of damnation while showing the path to salvation.
They were basically dramatized allegories of a representative Christian life in the form of a quest for salvation. Continue reading Morality Plays
Mystery plays mostly consist of stories taken from scripture narratives. Example: Biblical stories. They represented scenes from the life Christ or stories from the Old Testament associated with the coming of Messiah.
Miracle- They were they plays dealing with incidents from the lives of saints and martyrs. Continue reading Mysteries and Miracle Plays
“It is found all over the world, past and present, from the meditative personal poetry of recent Eskimo or Maori … Continue reading Oral Poetry