A keyword in criticism of English poetry up until the late eighteenth century which now tends to be coloured with the sense of the merely clever and humorous. In the Renaissance it meant 'intelligence' or 'wisdom'; in the seventeenth century it meant 'fancy' or 'agility of thought'; in the eighteenth century the ability to judge correctly.
We have have no profile for this entry. If you are a qualified scholar and you wish to write for The Literary Encyclopedia, please click here to contact us.
Editors. "Wit". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 01 November 2001
[http://www.litencyc.com/php/stopics.php?rec=true&UID=1191, accessed 26 May 2017.]