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Literary nonsense (or nonsense literature) is a broad categorization of
The effect of nonsense is often caused by an excess of meaning, rather than a lack of it. Its humor is derived from its nonsensical nature, rather than wit or the "joke" of a punchline.
Literary nonsense, as recognized since the nineteenth century, comes from a combination of two broad artistic sources. The first and older source is the oral folk tradition, including games, songs, dramas, and rhymes, such as the
The second, newer source of literary nonsense is in the intellectual absurdities of
Today's literary nonsense comes from a combination of both sources. Though not the first to write this hybrid kind of nonsense,