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Flashcards in Literary Terms 8 Deck (10):
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Elegy

Dignified poem mourning death of an individual

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Anticlimax (bathos)

Sinking effect created when reader, full of lofty expectations, finds only something trivial, deflating, or even comical

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Picaresque

Narrative depicting life of a "picaro" or rogue whose knavery implicates him in adventures which take him from one social class to another

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Canto

Sub division of a long poem, corresponding to a chapter in a book

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Restoration Comedy/Comedy of Manners

Elaborate, witty comedies set in aristocratic Restoration world

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Mock Epic

Work in which trivial subject is made ridiculous by being treated with elaborate and dignified devices of the epic

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Pastoral

Literature which concerns country life

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Epigram

Short usually witty statement, graceful in style and ingenious in thought

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Periodical Essay

Thoughtful, often satiric, journalistic essay

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Antithesis

Pointed juxtaposition of opposite or contrary elements