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Burlesque Definition

A burlesque is a type of poem which literally mimics or imitates styles and subject of others and finally portraying the message in a humorous way away from the original meaning resulting in comedy, the name originated from Italian burla and later burlesco which simply means ridicule, the main intention of this is to make light of something that seemed or ought to be too serious.

The most popular extension of this form is probably the parody where mimicry is Majorly used to bring out a humorous message, other terms that have been used to describe the burlesque are gallow humor and black humor. This type of poem contains no specific rules about structure, it's basically a free form to write making it easier.

This type of poem is much more than just a mere comedy, it has been used for educative and activism purposes for thousands of years, this has been done to attract more attention to unresolved issues in our society, nowadays, this is being used for entertainment and criticizing social issues using humor.

Poetry that treats a serious subject ridiculously, humorously, or is simply a trivial story.

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Other Burlesque Definition

[n] a composition that imitates somebody's style in a humorous way
[n] a theatrical entertainment of broad and earthy humor; consists of comic skits and short turns (and sometimes striptease)
[adj] relating to or characteristic of a burlesque; "burlesque theater"
[v] make a parody of; "The students spoofed the teachers"

Misc. Definitions

\Bur*lesque"\, a. [F. burlesque, fr. It. burlesco, fr. burla jest, mockery, perh. for burrula, dim. of L. burrae trifles. See {Bur}.] Tending to excite laughter or contempt by extravagant images, or by a contrast between the subject and the manner of treating it, as when a trifling subject is treated with mock gravity; jocular; ironical. It is a dispute among the critics, whether burlesque poetry runs best in heroic verse, like that of the Dispensary, or in doggerel, like that of Hudibras. --Addison.
\Bur*lesque"\, n.
1. Ludicrous representation; exaggerated parody; grotesque satire. Burlesque is therefore of two kinds; the first represents mean persons in the accouterments of heroes, the other describes great persons acting and speaking like the basest among the people. --Addison.
2. An ironical or satirical composition intended to excite laughter, or to ridicule anything. The dull burlesque appeared with impudence, And pleased by novelty in spite of sense. --Dryden.
3. A ludicrous imitation; a caricature; a travesty; a gross perversion. Who is it that admires, and from the heart is attached to, national representative assemblies, but must turn with horror and disgust from such a profane burlesque and abominable perversion of that sacred institute? --Burke. Syn: Mockery; farce; travesty; mimicry.
\Bur*lesque"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Burlesqued}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Burlesquing}.] To ridicule, or to make ludicrous by grotesque representation in action or in language. They burlesqued the prophet Jeremiah's words, and turned the expression he used into ridicule. --Stillingfleet.
\Bur*lesque"\, v. i. To employ burlesque.

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