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a harsh, discordant, unpleasant-sounding choice and arrangement of sounds

cacophony

2

quality of spoken text formed from combing the text's rhythm with the rise and fall in the inflection of a the speaker's voice

cadence

3

a pause within a line of poetry, sometimes punctuated, sometimes not, often mirroring natural speech

caesura

4

a character with features or traits that are exaggerated so that the character seems ridiculous

caricature

5

the action at the end of a tragedy that initiates the denouncement or falling action of a play

catastrophe

6

refers to the emotional release felt by the audience at the end of a tragic drama

catharsis

7

the method by which the author builds or reveals a character; indirect version means that an author shows rather than tells what a character is like through what the character does, says, or thinks, or by what others say about that character; direct version occurs when a narrator tells the reader who a character is by describing the background, motivation, temperament, or appearance of a character

characterization

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"crossing;" balanced statement, inverted parallelism to make a point

chiasmus

9

long, extended metaphor

conceit

10

a group of characters in Greek tragedy who comment on the action of a play without participation in it; their leader is the choragos

chorus

11

the turning point of the action in the plot of a story, representing the point of greatest tension in the work

climax

12

a type of form or structure in poetry characterized by regularity and consistency in such elements as rhyme, line length, and metrical pattern

closed form

13

the chance occurrence of two events having a peculiar correspondence between them

coincidence

14

an expression or language construction appropriate only for casual, informal speaking or writing

colloquial language/colloquialism

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a type of drama, opposed to tragedy, usually having a happy ending, and emphasizing human limitation rather than human greatness

comedy

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a satiric dramatic form that lampoons social conventions

comedy of manners

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the use of a comic scene to interrupt a succession of intensely tragic, dramatic moments; the comedy of scenes offering this typically parallels the tragic action that the scenes interrupt

comic relief

18

fiction written to meet the taste of a wide popular audience and usually relying on tested formulas for satisfying such a taste

commercial fiction

19

an intensification of the conflict in a story or play; this builds up, accumulates, and develops the primary or central conflict in a literary work

complication

20

the tension, opposition, or struggle that drives a plot; external version is the opposition or tension between two characters of forces; internal version occurs within a character

conflict

21

meanings or associations readers have with a word or item beyond its dictionary definition; may reveal another layer of meaning of a piece, affect the tone, or suggest symbolic resonance

connotation

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an instance in which identical final consonant sounds in nearby words follow different vowel sounds

consonance

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form of a poem in which the lines follow each other without formal grouping, the only breaks being dictated by units of meaning

continuous form

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a customary feature of a literary work, such as the use of a chorus in Greek tragedy, the inclusion of an explicit moral in a fable, or the use of a particular rhyme scheme in a villanelle; defining features of a particular literary genres, such as novel, short story, ballad, sonnet, and play

convention

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a pair of rhymed lines that may or may not constitute a separate stanza in a poem

couplet