What does burlesque mean? Burlesque is a kind of comic, parody poetry and drama, genetically associated with folk laughing culture. It is accentuated by the conscious mismatch between content and form.
How to define burlesque?
Burlesque as a literary device is a description of serious topics and problems deliberately in a funny, sometimes even in a vulgar way.
Burlesque synonyms are: parody, caricature, travesty, imitation, satire.
Examples of burlesque in literature
Read the classic poem about love:
Roses are red,
Violets are blue,
Sugar is sweet,
And so are you!
A burlesque version of this poem (actually a parody) looks like:
Roses prick your fingers,
Violets make you sneeze,
Sugar fills your veins with fat,
It’s best you stick to peas!
Contrasting examples of literary burlesque are Alexander Pope’s The Rape of the Lock and Samuel Butler’s Hudibras.