euphuism


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any artificially elegant style of language

an elegant style of prose of the Elizabethan period

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Shakespeare would later satirize the style by having Falstaff speak using Euphuism in Henry the Fourth, Part One (circa 1596) as he imitates the king, but the technique has been recognized in other plays as well.
derision to which euphuism was subject in the closing decade of the
The carrot is not a treat" is an overly broad euphuism that characterizes the three flaws in the application of incentives in Iraq: reconstruction projects are not incentive-based; the reconstruction of Iraq has not progressed in a holistic fashion; and the manner in which reconstruction is occurring fails to empower the government of Iraq.
15) Marius also encounters two other, very different modes of practice and belief before encountering Cyrenaicism: these are Euphuism (16) and Heracliteanism.
This style was linked by contemporary critics with the Euphuism of Lyly and with a foreign, decadent mannerism believed to surface repeatedly in English literature; Ostermark-Johansen further relates Swinburne's approach here to the theories of French art criticism, which suggested that the artist in effect mesmerizes the spectator by means of the work of art.
Hussey (7)--this comedy (compared, for example, to Troilus and Cressida, or to The Winter's Tale) does not seem to be of particular interest; Blake largely quotes it to illustrate the use of the subjunctive, (8) Hulme provides some brilliant readings of a few puns, (9) and Hussey points out those features of the play for which it is, in most commentaries, acclaimed: Dogberry's malapropisms and the frequent use of euphuism.
Noting Apuleius's cosmopolitan education in Carthage, Athens, and Rome, MacNeice finds in him a striking example of that doubleness that is so characteristic of the Roman novel: 'elegance and earthiness, euphuism and realism, sophistication and love of folk-lore, Rabelaisian humour and lyrical daintiness, Platonism and belief in witchcraft, mysticism and salty irony'.
Vertiginous virtuosity is what this reader expects, whether early comic euphuism or late romantic compactions, or the deeply troubled expressive manners of plays like Troilus and Cressida or Ali's Well.
Having defended Ormsby's flourishes generally, I must also admit thinking that he falls at moments into a euphuism compounded of inkhorn vocabulary and excess alliteration.
Devices that appeal to the ear - alliteration, assonance, consonance, homoioptoton, syntactic parallelism, doublets, antithesis - place this speech within the stylistic tradition of Euphuism.