Literary and Rhetorical Terms 6

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Enjambment

In poetry, the running over of a sentence from one verse or stanza to the next without stopping at the end of the first. (thought is incomplete at the end of a line and goes on as if it were still the same line)

Enlightenment

An intellectual movement in the late-seventeenth and eighteenth centuries uniting the concepts of God, nature, reason, and man in the belief that "right reason" could achieve for man a perfect society by freeing him from the oppressive restraints of unexamined authority, superstition, and prejudice. Also known as the Age of Reason

Epic

An extended narrative poem, exalted in style and heroic theme e. g. The Odyssey

Epigram

A short, usually witty statement, graceful in style and ingenious in thought

Epigraph

A brief quotation at the beginning of a work (usually on the title page) that reflects the theme of the work. Frankenstein

Epiphany

A sudden flash of insight; a startling discovery; a dramatic realization.

Epistolary novel

Novel written in the from of letters. Technically, Frankenstein is an epistolary novel.

Eponymous

A term for the title character of a work of literature.

Epithet

An adjective or other term used to characterize a person or thing, as in Atilla the Hun, Ethelred the Unready, or Jack the Ripper.

Ethos

Appeal to ethics

Euphemism

A word or phrase which substitutes for another which would likely be undesirable because it may be too direct, unpleasant, or offensive e. g. "pass on" instead of "die

Euphony

Denotes pleasing, mellifluous sounds, usually produced by long vowels rather than consonants.

Eye Rhyme

Rhyme which depends on spelling rather than pronunciation; rhyme that is seen, not heard.

exegesis

A detailed analysis of a work of literature.

Farce

Any play which evokes laughter by such devices of low comedy such as physical buffoonery, rough wit or ridiculous situation; unconcerned with subtlety/plausibility

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