Burlesque (51 words)

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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.

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Editors. "Burlesque". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 01 November 2001
[https://www.litencyc.com/php/stopics.php?rec=true&UID=151, accessed 19 October 2017.]


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