Antimasque

This is an interlude during a Masque in opposition to the masque itself; most commonly a grotesque dance performed before the action glorifying the Court, in order to accentuate their emblematized virtues by contrast - following Prince Hal's principle that: My reformation, glitt'ring o'er my fault, /Shall show more goodly and attract more eyes/ Than that which hath no foil to set it off. [Henry IV.1, I.ii.213-215). Ben Jonson wrote the first anti-masque in 1609.

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