Glossary of British Literature Terms
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- A line of poetry which is not end stopped and the sentence runs on to the next line without pause.
- Lines of iambic pentameter rhymed in pairs, In Augustan poetry, each pair tends to be a complete sentence.
- Heroic Couplet
- A figure of speech that emphasizes through exaggeration.
- A line of five feet (weak stress followed by strong stress e.g. ti-tum)
- Iambic Pentameter
- Saying one thing while meaning another.
- Refers to the style where something trivial is treated with ridiculous comic grandeur.
- Mock Heroic
- A speech or poem praising someone wholeheartedly.
- An imitation of a work of literature to ridicule its characteristic features.
- The art of speaking or writing effectively so as to persuade an audience to your point of view.
- Literature which holds up folly or vice to ridicule.
- A comparison or likeness, often using "as when" to introduce sustained images.
- Epic Simile
- The transformation of someone into a god/goddess.
- A figure of speech where one verb yokes together widely differing ideas.
- "Opposite placing" - using contrasting ideas in neighboring sentences or clauses
- An adjective or adjectival phrase which defines a special quality or attribute
- Moving from the sublime to the ridiculous, using the contrast to heighten the effect.
- Understanding or intelligence, showing imagination.
- Ideas placed side by side to increase effect.
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