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broadly, the general category that a literary work falls into (drama or poetry, fiction or nonfiction); specifically, a certain subset of literary works grouped together on the basis of similar characteristics (science fiction, local color, western)

genre

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a movement in the 1920s and 1930s marked by a great flowering of black arts and culture centered in the Harlem neighborhood of NYC

Harlem Renaissance

3

affirms our ability and responsibility to be ethical and aspire to the greater good of humanity; w/out theism and the supernatural

humanism

4

a three-line poem, Japanese in origin, narrowly conceived of as a fixed form in which the lines contain (respectively) five, seven, and five syllables; generally concerned with some aspect of nature and present a single image or two juxtaposed images without comment, relying on suggestion rather than an explicit statement to communicate their meaning

haiku

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the actual rhythm of a metrical poem as we hear it when it is read naturally; mostly conforms to but sometimes departs from or modifies the expected rhythm

heard rhythm

6

a metrical line containing six feet

hexameter

7

an opening to a piece of writing designed to catch the audience's attention

hook

8

an excessive level or pride that leads to the protagonist's downfall

hubris

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deliberate exaggeration used for emphasis or to produce a comic or ironic effect an overstatement to make a point

hyperbole