Flashcards in Litterary terms 2 Deck (10):
The repetition of identical consonant sounds usually at the beginning of words
In Anglo Saxon poetry a fanciful metaphor consisting of strung together adjectives and nouns that stand for a single noun without directly naming it. Ex. swan ride is kenning for sea
The Anglo-Saxon Hagan concept of fate as a ruling force. It includes the belief in the certainty of death and fatal death.
In medias res
Latin for in the middle of things a common technique in epic poetry plunging the reader into the middle of a narrative at the works beginning and only later conveying the preceding action through the use of flashbacks
The principal break or pause in the rhythm of a verse line usually occurring at or near the middle of the line.
A long narrative poem with a serious theme that tells the exploits of the larger than life hero who embraces national values. The actions of an epic is on in immense scale.
The hero of the epic who displays the ideals and values of a nation and possesses super human qualities which allow him to overcome great trials
And extended simile in which one or both of the object compared are elaborately describes their progression of compared images.
Rites of passage
The tests or rituals that represent the vital moment marking important stages in life such as birth initiation marriage kinship and death