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dactyl
a metrical foot consisting of three syllables; one accented, two unaccented
coherence
easy to follow
anapest
metrical foot consisting of three syllables: two unaccented followed by one accented
aesthetics
the philosophy of art; study of the nature of beauty
doggerel
rhyming verse that is trite and not quite funny
aphorism
terse statement of a principle or truth; usually an observation about life
exact rhyme
true rhyme; accented syllables and all succeding sounds are identical between two words
anachronism
out of natural order in time
biographical fallacy
relying on an understanding of an author's life to interpret a work
epithet
adjective or adjective phrase applied to a person or thing
anecdote
brief narrative of an entertaining and true incident
didactic literature
works whose primary purpose is to instruct
Age of Sensibility
period in English literature 1744-1798; Age of Johnson
epigram
terse, witty, pointed saying
ambiguity
multiple meanings
aesthetic distance
standing apart from a work of art
Petrarchan conceit
love comparison
closed couplet
grammatically and logically complete
burlesque
any kind of satiric imitation
Cavalier
Royalist supporters of Charles I of England
exposition
revelation to the audience of the setting and other background information
antithesis
contrasting ideas are balanced against each other in grammatically parallel syntax
apologue
story designed to illustrate the truth of a statement
dramatis personae
characters in a play
antiphrasis
verbal irony; what is said contrasts sharply with what is actually meant
extrended metaphor
a metaphor that is sustained for several lines
chivalric romance
adventure story of the Middle Ages; knight on horseback
catharsis
the power of tragedy to purge the emotions of pity and fear
metaphysical conceit
startling intellectual comparison
affective fallacy
critical approach of evaluating a work by the emotional effect it produces
dramatic irony
a character unwittingly makes a remark to the audience
epistolary novel
novel written in the form of a letter
baroque
possessing a grand ornamented style
classicism (in criticism)
judging a literary work in terms of principles derived from Greek and Roman classics
analogy
comparison of similar things to explain something unfamiliar
alliteration
repetition of consonant sounds at the beginning of words
fabliau
a medieval tale in eight-syllable verse
cacophony
harsh clashing or dissonant sounds
euphony
sweet melodious sounds
exegesis
digging out the meaning of a difficult passage
deus ex machina
forced or artificial device to solve a problem
colloquialism
phrase in everyday use in conversation and informal writing
epic
long narratce poem dealing with heroic characters; superhero
Elizabethan
reign of Elizabeth I of England 1558-1603
alexandrine
twelve-syllable poetic line
feminine rhyme
rhyme in which accented syllables in two words are followed by identical unaccented syllables; also called doble rhyme
allusion
a passing reference to historical or fictional characters, places or events
bowdlerize
to remove immoral or indecent passages from a work
antagonist
character who stands in direct opposition to the central character
connotation
images or impressions carried by a word
eulogy
formal composition or speech in high praise of someone
antihero
central character who lacks traditional heroic qualities
encomium
warm enthusiastic expression of praise
archetype
pattern or model of an action (lamenting the dead) (rebellious youth) (paradise as a garden)
dirge
funeral song of lamentation
chronological primitivism
belief that values the past over the present
epilogue
a concluding section added to a work
denotation
precise literal meaning of a word
bathos
excessive sentimentality
double rhyme
rhyme consisting of two syllables
eye rhyme
rhyme based on spelling rather than sound
closed couplet
complete though; heroic couplet when lines are in iambic pentameter
dimeter
two metrical feet
dramatic monologue
single character is overheard speaking to a silent listener
elegy
poem of sorrow or mourning for the dead
catastrophe
final action that brings a play to its conclusion
adaptation
re-rendering of a work originally written in one genre; translation
elegiac stanza
stanza of four lines in iambic pentameter rhyming abab
caesura
pause in a line of poetry
couplet
two consecutive lines of poetry that rhyme and are in the same meter
Edwardian
period between the death of Queen Victoria and WWI
conceit
elaborate figure of speech comparing two very dissimilar things
assonance
close repetition of middle vowel sounds between different consonant sounds
apostrophe
calling out to an imaginary, dead, or absent person
eclogue
short pastoral poem
cultural primitivism
belief that the natural and simple is superior to the artificial
bluestocking
intellectual and literary women in the 18th century
cubist poetry
fragmented elements rearranged to form a new synthesis
chiasmus
a form of antithesis; second half of the statement inverts the word order of the first half
allegory
extended narratice in prose in which characters represent abstract qualities
denouement
literally unravaling, final resolution of a play
anastrophe
inversion of the normal order of a sentence
enjambment
carrying the sense in a poem beyond the end of a line
end-stopped lines
lines in which the grammatical structure, the sense, and the meter are completed
exemplum
brief tale oro anecdote told to illustrate a biblical text or teach a lesson
bildungsroman
development novel; story from youth to experience
blank verse
unrhymed iambic pentameter
cinquain
any five-line stanza
farce
type of exaggerated commedy
consonance
close repetition of identical consonant sounds before and after differing vowel sounds
dead metaphor
a metaphor that has lost its figurativeness and is taken literally
diction
word choice
black humor
humorous effects resulting largely from morbin situations
aestheticism
reverence for beauty
canon
any group of writings that has been established as authentic
end rhyme
rhyme at the ends of lines of a verse

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