generalities and intangible concepts. A warm puupy is concrete; happiness is abstract.
a literary work in which characters, settings, and events stand for abstract ideas or moral qualities.
a technique by which a writer deliberately suggests 2 or more different, and sometimes conflicting, meanings in a work.
A uniquely American vision of the country consisting of three central ideas.
a comparison made between two things to show how they are alike.
a metrical foot that has two unstressed syllables followed by one stressed syllable.
a very brief story, told to illustrate a point or serve as an example of something.
Attributing human characteristics to an animal or inanimate object.
a brief, cleverly worded statement that makes a wise observation about life.
a song of poem that tells a story.
poetry written in unrhymed iambic pentameter.
a pause or break within a line of poetry.
one who does not change much in the course of a story.
an elaborate metaphor or other figure of speech that compares two things that are startlingly different.
a group of poets who wrote in the 1950's.
a metrical foot of three syllables in which the first syllable is stressed and the next two are unstressed.
a group pf 19th century writers who explored the dark side of human nature.
an 18th century philosophy based on rationalism.
the conclusion of a story.
a poem of mourning usually about someone who has died.
the running on the sense from the end of one line of verse into the next without a punctuated pause.
a descriptive word or phrase that is frequently used to characterize a person or a thing.
a type of comedy in which ridiculous and often stereotyped characters are involved in silly far-fetched situations.
a group of 19th century poets from Boston.
a line of poetry that contains 5 iambic feet.
the reversal of the normal word order in a sentence or phrase.
character in a play or story thinks one thing is true, but the audience or reader knows better.
a metaphor that has been used so often that the comparison is no linger vivid.
a figure of speech in which a person, place, or thing is referred to by something closely associated with it.
a 19th century literary movement that was an extension of realism and that claimed to portray life exactly as if it were being examined through a scientist's microscope.
an 8 line poem or the 1st 8 lines of a Petrarchan or Italian sonnet.
a lyric poem, usually long, on a serious subject and written in dignified language.
a type of poem that depicts country life in idyllic, idealized terms.
a way of writing that stresses simplicity and clarity of expression.
Objective point of view
a narrator who is totally impersonal and objective tells the story with no comment on any characters or events.
a poem sonsisting of 4 lines, or 4 lines of a poem that can be considered a unit.
the belief that human beings can arrive at truth by using reason rather than relying on the authority of the past on religious faith, or in intuition.
a style of writing developed in the 19th century that attempts to depict life accurately as it really is without idealizing or romanicizing it.
Literature that emphasizes a specific geographic setting and that reproduces the speech behavior and attitudes of the people who live in that region.
a rhyming sound that is not exact.
6 lines of poetry, especiallly the last 6 lines of a Petrarchan or Italian sonnet.
has 3 quatrains and concludes with a couplet.
has an octave that ask a question or pose a problem with a rhyme scheme of abba abba and concludes with a sestet that responds to the question or problem with a rhyme scheme or cde cde
a metrical foot consisting of 2 stressed syllables.
a movement in art and literature that started in Europe during the 1920's.
a figure of speech in which a part represents a whole.
the juxtaposition of 1 sensory image with another image that appeals to an unrelated sense.
a metrical foot made up of an accented syllable followed by and inaccented syllable. Ex: Taxi
the language spoken by the people who live in a particular locality.
a 19 line poem consisting of 5 3-line stanzas eith a rhyme scheme aba and with a final quatrain of abaa.