Decorum is the idea of politeness and uprightness in life, and by extension, poetry and literature. It was extremely prevalent in now-classical poetry and in a myriad of works from the time periods of Baroque, Victorian, and other similar styles of literature. There was a heavy emphasis on decorum and propriety in literature of this period.
The main aspects of these styles of literature is civility and high-class society. Because of this, the characters are typically portrayed with a great deal of decorum or are contrasted against the concept of decorum to show that they are not refined. With poetry, this is equally true, as decorum is used to show beauty, structure, and design, and poetry was written with highly effusive language.
In neoclassical poetry, decorum is the style and mannerism that is thought of as vital to a good and complete work. To have good decorum is to be in touch with social norms and propriety. The neoclassical poets considered reason to be the fountainhead of all...
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