Comedy of Manners-It deals with the relations and intrigues of men and women living in a sophisticated upper-class society, and relies for comic effect in large part on the wit and sparkle of the dialogue - often in the form of repartee , a witty conversational give and take which constitutes a verbal fencing match - and to a lesser degree, on the violations of social standards and decorum. .. Epic-In its strict sense the term epic or heroic poem is applied to a work that meets at least the following criteria: it is a long verse narrative on a serious subject, told in a formal and elevated style, and centered on a heroic or quasi-divine figure on whose actions depends the fate of a tribe, a nation, or (in the instance of John Milton’s Paradise Lost) the human race. Mock-epic-a lengthy poem written in the lofty and exalted style of the epic but that deals with an utterly trivial subject. These generally intend to mock not the epic form but the subject (by treating it with a dignity it does not deserve). Closet Drama-
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This note was uploaded on 03/14/2012 for the course CHEN 654 taught by Professor Nimos during the Winter '12 term at Beaufort County Community College.