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metafiction, -nal

fiction which refers to or takes as its subject fictional writing and its conventions. It can be compared to presentational theatre, which does not let the audience forget it is viewing a play; metafiction forces readers to be aware that they are reading a fictional work

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mimesis

1. imitation of life in art and literature 2. the deliberate imitation of the behavior of one group of people by another as a factor in social change.

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canto

a division of a poem

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vita

(US) a biography or résumé

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yeti

the abominable snowman

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Penelope

In Homer's Odyssey, Penelope is the faithful wife of Odysseus, who keeps her suitors at bay in his long absence and is eventually reunited with him.

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lyricism

a quality that expresses deep feelings or emotions in a work of art : an artistically beautiful or expressive quality

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ode

a lyric poem in the form of an address to a particular subject, often elevated in style or manner and written in varied or irregular meter

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trope

1. any literary or rhetorical device, as metaphor, metonymy, synecdoche, and irony, that consists in the use of words in other than their literal sense. 2. a common or overused theme or device : cliché

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omnibus

1. a volume containing several novels or other items previously published separately. 2. a usually automotive public vehicle designed to carry a large number of passengers : bus

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manga

a style of Japanese comic books and graphic novels, typically aimed at adults as well as children.

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epic

(n) a long poem, typically one derived from ancient oral tradition, narrating the deeds and adventures of heroic or legendary figures or the history of a nation. (adj) heroic, long, grand, monumental, Homeric

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ibid

in the same place (literally ibidem); the term used to provide an endnote or footnote citation or reference for a source that was cited in the preceding endnote or footnote.

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couplet

two lines of verse, usually in the same meter and joined by rhyme, that form a unit

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epistolary

a novel in letter form

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free verse

poetry without regular meter

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haiku

a Japanese poem of seventeen syllables, in three lines of five, seven, and five, traditionally evoking images of the natural world

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Iliad

A Greek epic poem describing scenes from the siege of Troy

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prosody, prosodic (adj)

study of the metrical structure of verse; art of versification

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vignette

a brief evocative description, account or episode.

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whit

from where

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shangri-la

1. a remote beautiful imaginary place where life approaches perfection; utopia 2. a remote usually idyllic hideway

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O

"O" is confined almost exclusively to religious and poetic contexts. Always capitalized and never followed by punctuation.

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personification

a figure of speech that gives human forms to abstractions

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fictive

not real; fictional; engage in imaginative invention

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subtext

the true meaning simmering underneath the words and actions. It’s the real, unadulterated truth. The text is the tip of the iceberg, but the subtext is everything underneath that bubbles up and informs the text. It’s the implicit meaning, rather than the explicit meaning.

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denouement

final outcome or development of the plot of a play or other literary work

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codex

a manuscript book especially of Scripture, classics, or ancient annals.

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palimpsest

An old document which has had the original writing scraped off so that new words can be written over it. Now usually used in a metaphorical sense: The geological record is a palimpsest of the ages of the Earth; someone’s face is a palimpsest revealing the pains of their life. From the Greek palimpsēstos, “scraped again”.

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Grim Reaper

a personification of death in the form of a cloaked skeleton wielding a large scythe