Posted by Val Fox on April 18, 2014 at 1:20 AM
As we work our way through the English alphabet during the April 2014 A-to-Z Challenge, I often discover some unfamiliar terms. This post features the letter "O" and will introduce two literary terms you may not be familiar with.
The Ollamh was a profession of ancient storytellers that gained popularity between the 6th and 15th centuries. They were considered to be wise men, respected elders that held the status of the highest leader.
To be an Ollamh one had to know at least 350 celtic stories that kept the culture of the ancient ones alive. Sometimes the stories were related in poems, dramatic narrative or song.
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This term refers to a twisted or surprise story ending. It originated from the short stories of William Sydney Porter (1862-1910) who often wrote under the pen name of O'Henry.
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The surprise ending would change the action of the narrative in a positive way; therefore, an O'Henry ending was a positive description that acknowledged a clever writer.
The Letter "O" Thanks for visiting!