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a four line stanza in a poem, the first four lines and the second four lines in a Petrarchan sonnet; a Shakespearean sonnet contains three of these followed by a couplet

quatrain

2

describing a literary technique, the goal of which is to render work that feels true, immediate, natural, and realistic

Realism

3

drama that attempts, in content and in presentation to preserve the illusion of actual, everyday life

realistic drama

4

a repeated word, phrase, line, or group of lines, normally at some fixed position in a poem, written in stanzaic form

refrain

5

the sorting out or unraveling of a plot at the end of a play, novel, or story

resolution

6

the point at which the action of the plot turns in an unexpected direction for the protagonist

reversal

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aka caesura; a natural pause, unmarked by punctuation, introduced into the reading of a line by its phrasing or syntax

rhetorical pause

8

poetry using artificially eloquent language, that is, language too high-flown for its occasion and unfaithful to the full complexity of human experience

rhetorical poetry

9

a question asked for stylistic effect and emphasis to make a point rather than to solicit an answer

rhetorical question

10

the matching of final vowel or consonant sounds in two or more importantly positioned words

rhyme

11

any fixed pattern of rhymes characterizing a whole poem or its stanzas

rhyme scheme

12

the recurrence of accent or stress in lines of verse

rhythm

13

the events, marked by increasing tension and conflict, that build up to a story's climax

rising action

14

poetic meters such as iambic and anapestic that move or ascend from an unstressed to a stressed syllable

rising meter

15

a novel in which real persons or actual events figure under disguise (FR: novel w/ a key); novel that has the extraliterary interest of portraying identifiable people more or less thinly disguised as fictional characters

roman a clef

16

a type of comedy whose likable and sensible main characters are placed in difficulties from which they are rescued at the end of the play. either attaining their ends or having their good fortunes restored

romantic comedy

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in literature, a late 18th to early 19th century movement that emphasized beauty for beauty's sake, the natural world, emotion, imagination, the value of a nation's past and its folklore, and the heroic roles of the individual and the artist

Romanticism

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a character whose distinguished moral qualities or personal traits are complex and many-sided

round character

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a line which has no natural speech pause at its end, allowing the sentence to flow uninterruptedly into the succeeding line

run-on line