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The chanting or reciting of any form of words deemed to have magical power, usually in a brief rhyming spell with an insistent rhythm and other devices of repetition; or the form of words thus recited. Incantation is characteristic of magical charms, curses, prophecies, and the conjuring of spirits: a famous literary example is the witches' chant, ‘Double, double, toil and trouble’, in Macbeth. Poetry that resembles such chants may be called incantatory.

Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500) — Literature.


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