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10 Weird and Wonderful Words about Literature and Reading

Well! we can learn something every day and if you follow these links you probably will

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Interesting words related to literature and reading

We love to collect interesting words, especially those related to literature, reading, and other such things. Indeed, since the stuff of literature is words, we love to delve into the wonderful world of the lexical. Here are ten of the best literary words we’ve encountered recently, with a definition for each. If you enjoy these words, you’ll probably enjoy our 10 words for book-lovers and our 10 words for writers.

A panchreston is a broad thesis that purports to cover all aspects of its subject but usually ends up as a gross oversimplification.

Papyrocracy is government by paper, especially newspapers and literature.

Rhapsodomancy is divining the future by picking a passage of poetry at random.

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RonovanWrites #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #93 Sun&Moon

Every week a new creative challenge with the chance of constructive criticism or encouragement, I would urge many more to join in with these enjoyable exercises


Haiku Poetry Prompt Writing Challenge Useful Links.

ClickHEREfor LINKS to last weeks Entries for Friend&Shiver.
Thesaurus:Sun, Moon.
Haiku in English
How to do a Ping Back

Ronovan Writes Haiku Challenge Image.The Challenge Words!


(REMINDER: Check that your ping backs are working!)

Not sure how to write a Haiku? Click HERE for a quick How to write Haiku Poem in English Form with links to articles for other forms of Haiku.

*Use the 52 Week Photo Challenge hosted by some of our Haiku Challenge friends in unison with the above prompt words. This week’s photo prompt is Reflection. Click HERE to see the full 52 prompts. And yes, EXTRA can be used with the Haiku words, although I didn’t plan it that way this week.

The Guidelines are simple.

  1. Use the two prompt words in a Haiku. I use Haiku in English …

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Ten Underrated Shakespeare Plays

Everyone knows Romeo and Juliet, Twelfth Night, Hamlet, Macbeth, and Richard III (or knows of them at least). Even Richard II, As You Like It, and Antony and Cleopatra can be said to be well-known …

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10 Interesting Myths about William Shakespeare

Time to celebrate all things, “Shakespeare,” methinks.

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Ten common misconceptions about Shakespeare

As this Saturday sees the 400-year anniversary of William Shakespeare‘s death, we thought we’d turn our attention to the Bard and the numerous myths that have grown up around his life and work. Here are ten of our favourites. As with many of the details of Shakespeare’s life we cannot be sure these are all complete nonsense, but nor can we confidently say the opposite; but we should be wary of making too many assumptions about Shakespeare’s life.

He coined hundreds of new words. Shakespeare was clearly a linguistic innovator, a poet who could use words in ways hitherto unseen. ‘Light thickens’ (Macbeth), for instance. But did he really coin all of the words usually attributed to him? He may well have invented some of them, but the actual number is undoubtedly somewhat exaggerated. The more we learn about word history…

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The Curious Origin of the Word ‘Dystopia’

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The interesting origins of dystopia

The word ‘dystopia’ is well-known as the opposite, or antonym of ‘utopia’. ‘Utopia’ owes its existence to Sir Thomas More (1478-1535), whose 1516 work Utopia introduced the word into English (though More’s book was actually written in Latin). Utopia is a pun, designed to put us in mind of the Greek u-topos (‘no place’) and eu-topos (‘good place’). Utopias, More appears to be saying, are too good to be true. The origin of the equivalent term, ‘dystopia’, is a rather interesting one.

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Eight of the Best Books about the English Language

A few titles I had never heard of on subjects most of us would like to know but wouldn’t know where to start looking

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The most accessible books about the English language

The best non-fiction books are often the most accessible, at least if you’re a keen amateur or enthusiast rather than a specialist. From language trivia books to overviews and histories of the English language, there are many informative and engaging books about words and language out there, so where to begin? Here are eight of our favourites, which shine a light on how language evolved, how it’s been theorised and talked about over the centuries, and what surprising connections underlie the various words we use every day.

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A Short Analysis of T. E. Hulme’s ‘Autumn’

Despite my traditionalist views on rhyme and metre in poetry I personally find this to be an exceptionally well crafted short form and have no hesitation in recommending it as an example to be admired and followed.

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A summary of a classic modernist poem

‘Autumn’ by T. E. Hulme (1883-1917) is arguably the first modern poem in the English language. Written in 1908, it shows something different from the poetry being written by the Georgian poets such as Rupert Brooke and John Drinkwater, or the surviving ‘Victorian’ poets such as Thomas Hardy. Here is this short gem of a poem, with a few comments on it, that are designed to serve as preliminary analysis of its form, meaning, and imagery.

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