|About Us | What's New | Search | Site Map | Contact Us|
You are not logged in. [Log In] Wordsmith.org » Forums » General Topics » Weekly Themes » Words from the world of literature Register User Forum List Calendar Active Topics Search FAQ
#10872 - 11/19/00 10:41 PM Words from the world of literature
When we face a serious crisis we often look upwards for divine intervention.
In such hopeless times we pray to the gods to descend from heaven and
deliver us from whatever travail prevails. In ancient Greek and Roman drama,
the gods literally came down from above, though not from heaven, to help the
heros of the drama and save the plot.
As it turns out, the gods themselves needed a little bit of help coming
down. A crane was used to lower a god onto the stage and untangle the plot.
Thus he was known as deus ex machina, literally, a god from a machine. Soon
the figurative use of this device in a drama began to be described by the
same name. Greek dramatist Euripides (480-406 BC) was particularly fond
of it. We are all intimately familiar with this device thanks to popular
cinema. The hero who had supposedly drowned half-way through the story is
miraculously revived to accompany the heroine into the sunset.
This week we look at more words from the world of literature.
#10873 - 11/22/00 06:03 AM Prosopopoeia
Loc: lower upstate New York
"OK, now we have anthropomorphism, personification and, as of today's A.W.A.D. (in my lexicon, anyway), prosopopoeia," she remarked, absently.
Forum Stats 8687 Members
Max Online: 3341 @ 12/09/11 02:15 PM
Newest Members sa'a, csmoore, Jane Luckner, anjela, MR LOGOPHILE
8687 Registered Users
Who's Online 0 registered (), 31 Guests and 2 Spiders online. Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Top Posters (30 Days)
wofahulicodoc 78 LukeJavan8 59 endymion6 56 jenny jenny 50 Tromboniator 13 Faldage 5 Jane Luckner 1 MR LOGOPHILE 1 csmoore 1 Mercur10 1
April Su M Tu W Th F Sa 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30
Board Rules · Mark all read Contact Us · Wordsmith.org · Top
Home | Today's Word | Yesterday's Word | Subscribe | FAQ | Archives | Search | Feedback
Wordsmith Talk | Wordsmith Chat
© 2014 Wordsmith