Literature: the Chronicles of Narnia and Fantasy

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Fantasy Literature and Fantastic Language

Kelli Pearson

Eng/290

7/30/2012
Crystal Sands

Fantastic Literature and Fantastic Language

Fantasy literature is fantasy in written form. Historically speaking, literature has composed the majority of fantasy works. Since the 1960s a segment of the fantasy genre has taken the form of movies, television programs, novels, video games, music and other media. Fantasy Language is is a constructed language designed for aesthetic pleasure. Fantasy language has an irregular grammer, much like natural languages. Many are designed within the context of fictional worlds. Others represent fictional minority languages in a world not patently different from the real world, or have no particular fictional background attached. There are several different schools of Fantasy language construction. The most prominent is the naturalist school, which seeks to imitate the complexity and historicity of natural languages and has artistic language. Many do not use this language, but follow a more abstract style.

The poem and story that I chose was an African Poem by Walter Dean Myers and the story the Chronicles of Narnia. While choosing the two of these I thought they were very interesting and I wanted to share. The poem is called Jeannie Had a Giggle which recites the words :

Jeannie had a giggle just beneath her toes
She gave a little wiggle and up her leg it rose.

She tried to grab the giggle as it shimmied past her knees
But it slid right past her fingers with a "'scuse me if you please"

It slipped around her middle, it made her jump and shout
Jeannie wanted that giggle in, that giggle wanted out!

Jeannie closed her mouth, but then she heard a funny sound
As out that silly giggle flew and jumped down to the ground.

Jeannie caught it with her foot just beneath her toes
She gave a little wiggle and up her leg it rose.

I chose this poem because I believe this poem is a form of dance....
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