In poetry, this refers to the stress portion of a word.
A work that functions on a symbolic level.
Misplaced in time.
the character in conflict with the protagonist: rival, opponent, or enemy.
A protagonist of a novel or play who lacks the qualities associated with a traditional hero or heroine. This character may be dishonest, antisocial, ignorant, weak, inept, petty or even unlikeable.
A short and usually witty saying.
The use of deliberately old-fashioned language.
The thesis of a poem.
a convention in drama by which an actor directly addresses the audience, revealing his or her observations or emotions. It is not meant to be heard by other characters in drama.
The prevailing mood of a literary work, often established by setting or landscape, lending an emotional aura and influencing the reader's expectations and attitudes.
A narrative poem often using common meter and sometimes including a refrain.
In poetry, an unintentinal lapse from the sublime to the ridiculous or trivial. It differs from anticlimax in that the later is a deliberate effect often for the purpose of humor or contrast.
The aspects of a literary work that elicit pity from the audience.
German for novel of "growth and development." Sometime called an apprenticeship novel. This genre depicts a youth who struggles toward maturity forming a world view or philosophy of life.
The use of disturbing themes in comedy.
Unrhymed iambic pentameter. This meter is well-adapted to dramatic verse in English, such as Shakespeare's plays, as well as to any long poem.
Broad parody, one that takes a style or form and exaggerates it into ridiculousness.