summary of the chapter wit and humour
Humour or humor (see spelling differences) is the tendency of particular cognitive experiences to provoke laughter and provide amusement. People of all ages and cultures respond to humour. Most people are able to experience humour - i.e., to be amused, to smile or laugh at something funny - and thus are considered to have a sense of humour .
Wit is a form of intelligent humour, the ability to say or write things that are clever and usually funny. A wit is a person skilled at making clever and funny remarks. Forms of wit include the quip and repartee .Wit in poetry is characteristic of metaphysical poetry as a style, and was prevalent in the time of English playwright Shakespeare, who admonished pretension with the phrase “Better a witty fool than a foolish wit”. It may combine word play with conceptual thinking, as a kind of verbal display requiring attention, without intending to be laugh-aloud funny; in fact wit can be a thin disguise for more poignant feelings that are being versified. English poet John Donne is the representative of this style of poetry.