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Verisimilitude

Sense of reality in work of literature

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Pageant

-Big, enclosed rectangular box on wheels with curtains or doors that opened on one side
-Used as traveling stage that moved among village squares

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Folk Ballad

-Anonymous narrative verses intended to be sung and passed by oral tradition
-Employ simple language and straightforward narrative style, rely heavily on dialogue and move quickly from scene to scene

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Ballad stanza

Four lines rhyming abcb with four accented syllables within first and third lines and three in second and fourth lines

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Satire

Literary mode that employs wit and humor to attack human foibles of institutions to reform them

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Morality play

-Form of medieval drama which features symbolic abstractions of human qualities as characters
-Stresses struggle between evil and Christian virtue

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Exemplum

Tale, often inserted in a sermon, illustrating moral truth

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Frame Story

-Story that included telling of a story within a story
-Frame is outer story

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Parody

-Humorous imitation of another (usually serious) work
-Ridicules or criticizes work by imitation or exaggerating plot, character, style, or theme

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Medieval Romance

-Stories of love and chivalric adventure, either in prose or verse
-Popular during later Middle Ages
-Elements include royal characters, conflict of good and evil, fantasy settings, romance, monsters etc