February 11, 2007

Brushing up my irony skills

So after discovering that I must not know the true definition of irony I decided that that should be my definition of the week only to find that the definition confused me more than the original thoughts did. There was one interesting thing to note about irony however. It is related closely to meiosis which I looked up a few weeks ago. Another thing that the explaination in our books pointed out to me was that when the irony in a story, which is meant to let the reader or listener in on the secret (which is what I knew), goes unnoticed than it fails at making people realize more about a story. That made me think a little bit and wonder about what I am missing out on when it comes to irony. I know that irony is used a lot in fantasy novels to help drive the story along or to clue the reader in on something that is coming up that the character may not know about yet, but as Brooks was explaining his connections in the text I couldn't really follow what irony he was using. I think that Brooks may have been using what our book describes as structural irony because he was looking at the context of the poems. I can't be sure but that is what I think is happening here.

Murfin and Ray, Bedford Glossary of Critical and Literary Terms -- Jerz EL312 (Literary Criticism)

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