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writing that departs from the narrative or dramatic mode and instructs the reader how to think or feel about the events of a story or the behavior of a character

editorializing

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a lyric poem that laments the dead

elegy

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a form of poetry that comments on a work of art in another genre, such as a painting or a piece of music

ekphrastic poetry

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the omission of an unstressed vowel or syllable to preserve the meter of a line of poetry; the omitted syllable or vowel is replaced by an apostrophe

elision

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line that concludes with punctuation that marks a pause; the line is completely meaningful in itself, unlike run-on lines, which require the reader to move to the next line to grasp the poet's complete thought

end-stopped line

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rhyme at the end of two or more lines of poetry

end rhyme

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a run-on line of poetry in which logical and grammatical sense carries over from one line into the next

enjambment

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a long narrative poem that records the adventures of a hero; epics typically chronicle the origins of a civilization and embody its central values

epic

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a short, witty statement designed to surprise an audience or reader

epigram

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a quotation preceding a work of literature that helps set the text's mood or suggest its themes

epigraph

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a character's transformative moment of realization

epiphany

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the plot develops through a series of causally related episodes which build through rising action to a climax and then to a resolution (denouement)

episodic novel

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the omission from speech or writing of a word or words that are superfluous or able to be understood from contextual clues

elipsis

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literature written purely for entertainment, with little or no attempt to provide insights into the true nature of human life or behavior

escape literature

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a poem, speech, or other work written in a great praise of someone, usually a person no longer living

eulogy

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a smooth, pleasant-sounding choice and arrangement of sounds

euphony

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the rhythmic expectation set up by the basic meter of a poem

expected rhyme

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contextual and background info told to readers (rather than shown through action) about the characters, plot, setting, and situation

exposition

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a figure of speech (usually metaphor, simile, personification, or apostrophe) sustained or developed through a considerable number of lines or through a whole poem

extended/sustained figure

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in metrical verse, extra unaccented syllables added at the beginnings or endings of lines; may be either a feature of the metrical form of a poem or occur as exceptions to the form

extra-metrical syllables

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a rhyme that only works because the words look the same

eye/sight rhyme

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a metaphor that continues over several lines or throughout an entire literary work

extended metaphor