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1

a brief story with an explicit moral provided by the author; typically include animals as characters

fable

2

in the plot of a story or play, the action following the climax of the work that moves it towards its denouement of resolution

falling action

3

poetic meters such as trochaic and dactylic that move or fall from a stressed to an unstressed syllable (ex; tree-top, freedom)

falling meter

4

a kind of fiction that pictures creatures or events beyond the boundaries of known reality

fantasy

5

a dramatic form marked by wholly absurd situations, slapstick, raucous wordplay, and/or innuendo; emphasizes coarse wit over characterization or articulated plot

force

6

literary works that explore (either overtly or implicitly) women's identity and role in society; feminist criticism reexamines literary works and the role of women in literature

feminist literature

7

an imagined story, whether in prose, poetry, drama, or an imagined character

fiction

8

broadly, any way of saying something other than the ordinary way; more narrowly, a way of saying one thing and meaning another

figure of speech

9

language that uses figures of speech; nonliteral language, usually evoking strong images; sometimes referred to as metaphorical language, most of its forms explain, clarify, or enhance an idea by comparing it to something else; the comparison can be explicit (simile) or implied (metaphor); other forms of this include personification, paradox, hyperbole, understatement, and irony

figurative language

10

a form of poem in which the length and patter are prescribed by previous usage or tradition, such as sonnet, limerick, villanelle, or haiku

fixed form

11

an interruption of a work's chronology to describe or present an incident that occurred prior to the main time frame of a work's action

flashback

12

a character whose distinguishing moral qualities or personal traits are summed up in one or two traits

flat/static character

13

a character who contrasts and parallels a protagonist in a play or story, allowing the protagonist's primary qualities to stand out more distinctly

foil

14

a narrative poem designed to be sung, composed by an anonymous author, and transmitted orally for years or generations before being written down, usually undergoing modification through this process of oral transmission

folk ballad

15

the basic unit used in the scansion or measurement of verse; usually contains one accented syllable and one or two unaccented syllables; there are five typical feet in English verse (iamb, trochee, anapest, dactyl, and spondee)

foot

16

hints of what is to come in the action of a play or story

foreshadow

17

the defining structural characteristics of a work, especially a poem (i.e, meter, and rhyme scheme)

form

18

the imaginary wall of the box theater setting, supposedly removed to allow the audience to see the action

fourth wall

19

poetry without regular pattern of meter or rhyme; the verse is not bound by earlier poetic conventions requiring poems to adhere to an explicit and identifiable meter and rhyme scheme in a form such as the sonnet or ballad; the basic rhythmic unit is the line, and natural speech rhythms replace metrical regularity as a formal device

free verse