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Allegory

concrete representation of an abstract idea

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Alliteration

two or more consecutive words that begin with the same sound
1.) aid to memorization
2.) to bring attention to an important part
3.) to mark the meter

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didacticism

teaching tone especially in Angle-Saxon

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Elegiac

sad, yearning tone

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Kenning

two nouns put together acting as a metaphor

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Simile

comparison using like or as

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Lyric poetry

poetry that expresses deep, personal emotions

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Metaphor

comparison of an abstract thing to a concrete thing

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periphrastic epithet

another name for something/someone that uses a phrase

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foreshadowing

warning/indication of future events

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prosopopoeia

inanimate object speaks (kind of personification)

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Scop

bard, young apprentices who memorized anglo-saxon poems

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Apostrophe

one word exclamation to begin the paragraph

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Epic

Long, formal narrative poem written in an elevated style that recounts the adventures of a hero of almost mythic proportions who embodies the traits of a nation or people

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Epic conventions

in medias res, epic similes...invokes the muse, long lists, superhuman feats, elevated style of writing

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Imagery

figurative language that evokes the five senses

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personification

giving human attributes to anything nonhuman

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foil

character who contrasts with the main character to accentuate the latter's distinctive qualities or characteristics

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elegy

speech given at a funeral for the dead