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heroic couplet

rhymed lines of iambic pentameter

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iambic pentameter

metrical line that has accented and unaccented syllables

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hyperbole

overstatement

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imagery

figurative language that evokes the 5 senses

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in medias res

in the middle of things

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irony

contradiction between expectation and reality

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kenning

two nouns put together acting as a metaphor

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litote

understatement for rhetorical effects

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lyric poetry

poem that expresses deep, personal emotion

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medievalism

middle age beliefs

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metaphor

a comparison between two unlike things

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meter

a patterned rhythm of accented and unaccented syllables

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monologue

one character's long speech

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mood

evokes a specific emotion or feeling from an audience

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motif

recurring ideas/themes, repetition of a meaningful element

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narrative poem

poem that tells a story

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octet

first 8 lines that present an idea

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ode

lyric poem - serious subject, elevated style, elaborate stanza pattern

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onomatopoeia

word whose sounds seem to duplicate the sound they describe (hiss, buzz, bang, murmur, meow, growl)

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oxymoron

statement with two parts which seem contradictory

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paradox

statement whose two parts seem contradictory but is not

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parallelism

phrases, sentences, clauses similar in structure or meaning

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personification

giving human attributes to something not living

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plot

recounts the action and everything behind the action

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point of view

perspective from which the estory is told

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prose

does not have a meter like poetry

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prosopopoeia

when an inanimate object speaks

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protagonist

central character

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pun

a play on 2 words similar in sound but different in meaning

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quatrain

four-line stanza