Melodrama

Introduction Melodrama also called as “song drama”, contains the sensationalism and the extravagant emotional appeal which raises the emotions of the common audiences. The flourishing of melodrama in the 19th century produced a kind of naively sensational entertainment in which the main characters were excessively virtuous or exceptionally evil ( hence the luminously good hero…

Tragedy

Introduction Tragedy is also called as the “Goat Song”. It is also regarded as the most sublime form of drama in English literature. Tragic dramas utilize darker subjects, for example, disaster, agony and death. Protagonists often have a Hamartia (tragic flaw) which leads them to their downfall. The conclusion of tragic dramas is dreadful and leaves a message…

Comedy

Introduction Comedy is literary genre and a type of drama which is characterized by its humorous or satirical tone and its depiction of amusing people or incidents, in which the characters ultimately triumph over adversity. The conclusion of the comedy is jovial and cheerful. In other words, Comedy is a play which is light and…

Drama

Definition Drama is a specific mode of fiction, presented through dialogue and performance on stage rather than narration.  “Drama” is a Greek term which means “action”. It is one of the Literary genre which is the imitation of some action. It is usually performed in theatre, on radio or television. The writer of the drama…

Dramatic Monologue

Definition Dramatic Monologue is a kind of lyrical sonnet as a speech or narrative by an imagined individual, wherein the speaker incidentally uncovers parts of their character while depicting a specific circumstance or arrangement of occasions. Dramatic Monologue isn’t a component during a play, but a sort of lyric , that was perfected by Robert…

Elegy

Definition In classical literature an elegy was any poem composed of elegiac distichs also called elegiacs, and therefore the subjects were various: death, war, love and similar themes. The elegy was additionally utilized for the epitaphs and memorial verses, and there was a grieving strain in them. However, it’s only since the 16th century that…

Ode

Definition An ode is a lyric poem, usually of some length. The meaning of ‘ode’ is to sing or chant. The main feature is elaborate stanza-structure, a marked formality and stateliness in tone and style, lofty sentiments and thoughts. However, ode can be distinguished into two basic kinds: the public and the private. The public…

Sonnet

Definition The term derives from the Italian word sonetto which means a ‘little sound’ or ‘song’. Except for the curtal sonnet the ordinary sonnet consists of fourteen lines, usually in iambic pentameters with considerable variation in rhyme scheme. The earliest sonnets are attributed to Giacomo da Lentino (1215-33) of the Sicilian School. It may also…

Ballad

The word derives from the late Latin and Italian word ballare which means ‘to dance’. Fundamentally, a ballad is a song that tells a story and originally was a musical accompaniment to a dance. Ballad is a narrative poem of four line stanzas called as Quatrain and has the rhyming scheme ABAB. It was a…

Introduction To Poetry

Poetry is a comprehensive term which can be taken to cover ant kind of metrical composition. However, it is usually employed with reservations, and often in contra-distinction to verse. It can also be defined as: literature that evokes a concentrated imaginative awareness of experience or a specific emotional response through language chosen and arranged for its meaning, sound, and rhythm.…