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A stage device in which a character briefly discloses his thoughts in the presence of other characters who by convention do not hear him.

Aside

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The emotion pervading a work

Atmosphere

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The repetition of similar consonant sounds within a group of neighboring words or lines. Often initial consonant sounds are repeated. This poetic device often increases the musical effect of the language.

Alliteration

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A narrative poem that can be set to music and sung. Often features alternating lines of iambic tetrameter and iambic trimester with a regular meter and rhyme scheme.

Ballad

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Unrhymed iambic pentameter

Blank Verse

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A break or pause introduced in the midst of a line of verse, language or by content

Caesura

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A striking and often elaborate comparison carried out in considerable detail

Conceit

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A pair of rhymed lines.

Couplet

9

Literature intended to teach or instruct

Didacticism

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A mournfully contemplative poem that mourns the death of someone, or the loss of something

Elegiac Poetry

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A long narrative poem, usually larger-than-life heroes and legendary events, which celebrates the history, culture and character of a people

Epic

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Anonymously composed and passed down orally through the generations before it is committed to print

Folk Ballad

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A narrative technique where by a main story is contained within another story that acts as its setting. (Group of stories unified by central situation.)

Frame Story / Tale

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A standard type or category of literature.

Genre

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Exaggeration - implies less than what is said

Hyperbole

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A form of poetic imagery commonly found in Anglo-Saxon poetry. A metaphorical phrase or compound word that is used to indirectly name a person, place or thing.

Kenning

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Is written by known poets for literary effect.

Literary Ballad

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Short, melodious poems that focus on expressing emotions

Lyric Poetry

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The regular arrangement of stressed and unstressed syllables in a poem

Meter

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An expression in which a related thing stands for the thing itself

Metonymy

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A work that treats a trivial subject in heroic terms.

Mock Epic

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A highly artificial literary mode which centers on shepherds and idealizes rural settings

Pastoralism

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The expression of an idea in a roundabout, more elegant way

Periphrastic Epithet

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A figure of speech in which instinctive human characteristics such as emotions and reason are attributed to an animal, object or idea

Personification

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First eight line, called the octave, rhymes abbaabba and forms a distinct unit of the thought; the last six lines, a sestet, rhymes variously with them or three new rhymes and forms another unit of thought.

Petrarchan / Italian Sonnet

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Connect d seri s of incidents. Connecting principle is not chronological but casual.

Plot

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A stanza consisting of four lines or a four-line poem

Quatrain

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Typical long narrative poem

Romance

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Identical sound in corresponding words or phrases

Rhyme

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An Old English poet or bard

Scop