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anachronism


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The misplacing of any person, thing, custom, or event outside its proper historical time. Performances of Shakespeare's plays in modern dress use deliberate anachronism, but many fictional works based on history include unintentional examples, the most famous being the clock in Shakespeare's Julius Caesar. Anachronism may be used deliberately as a structural principle of a work, as in T. S. Eliot's poem The Waste Land (1922). Adjective: anachronistic.

Subjects: Literature.


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