How Mephisto Was Caught; A Chess Legend

How Mephisto Was Caught; A Chess Legend

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1881 edition. Excerpt: ...so, we say, the most memorable and permanent of poetic parodies are those which are, like the proverbial donkey's gallop, short and sweet. It should be the aim of the parodist to create his effects in the smallest possible space; the smaller the space in which he performs the feat, the more worthy is that feat of commendation. Again: a parody should not be too close an imitation of its "great original." Of course, in a parody of style, the burlesque is necessarily of a vague and general character. The object of the writer is not to recall special passages or poems, but to give a general VOL. CCLI. NO. 1809. X impression of an habitual manner. In that case, there is no fear of, as there is no occasion for, his reproducing too slavishly particular phrases or expressions. But in burlesquing individual poetic efforts, there is always the temptation to follow the author's words too minutely, and that is a temptation which the parodist must be careful to resist. What is wanted in such a case is a mere subtle suggestion of the piece travestied. Words and phrases, turns of style, may be utilized, but they must be utilized with skill, so as just to call up the recollection of the original, and no more. They must be like Sydney Smith's famous "onion-atoms "; they must. "scarce suspected, animate the whole." What is to be desired is, that reminiscences of the model should mingle with the work which has been formed upon it; the pathos, possibly, of the one being made to heighten the humour of the other. And that brings us to the third of the requirements named. It is not sufficient, I think, that a parody should be a parody, and nothing else. It may have in that form a certain measure of impressiveness, and deserve success; but...show more

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  • Paperback | 74 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 150g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236584562
  • 9781236584564