An imitation of a literary style, or of human action, that aims to ridicule by incongruity of style and subject. High burlesque involves a high style for a low subject (Pope's The Rape of the Lock); low burlesque involves a low style with a high subject, as in much political satire.
Editors. "Burlesque". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 01 November 2001
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