one stressed followed by two unstressed syllables
an approach to literature which suggests that literary works do not yield fixed, single meanings
dictionary meaning of a word
french term meaning "unraveling" or "unknotting", describes resolution of the plot following climax
type of informational diction. Spoken by definable groups of people from particular geographical region
verbal exchanges between characters
writer's choice of words, phrases, sentence structure and figurative language to convey meaning
dignified, impersonal and elevated use of language, lofty tone and complex words
maintains correct language usage but is less elevated. It reflects the language of the educated
represents plain language of everyday use, includes idiomatic expressions, slang, contractions and common words
when poets use an elevated tone that differs from the common speech of their time period
poetry that teaches an ethical, moral, or religious lesson
describes poetry whose subject is trite and whose rhythm and sounds are monotonous
may refer to to single play, a group of plays, all plays
the difference between what the character believes or says and what the reader already knows to be true
type of lyric poem in which a character addresses a distinct but silent audience imagined to be present.
A character who changes throughout the plot
An intrusion by the narrator in order to evaluate a character for a reader
term used to describe the psychological conflict of a daughter's unconscious rivalry with her mother for her father's attention
mournful, contemplative lyric poem written to commemorate someone who is dead.
when the rhyme comes at the ends of the lines
poetic line with a pause at the end. Reflect normal speech patterns and are often marked by punctuation
AKA Shakespearean Sonnet, organized into three quatrains and a couplet, rhyme is abab cdcd efef gg.
when one line ends without a pause and continues into the next line for its meaning
The last part of a sestina where the important theme is resonated
a long narrative poem, told in a formal, elevated style, that focuses on a serious subject and chronicles heroic deed and events
a brief, pointed and witty poem that usually makes a satiric or humorous point.
When a character suddenly experiences a deep realization about himself or herself
follow a pattern of conventional reader expectations. often feature happy endings
language that is sooth and musically pleasant to the ear
share the same stresses vowel sounds as well as sharings sounds that follow the vowel.
narrative device, often used at the beginning of a work that provides necessary background information about characters and their circumstances
a metaphor that exists throughout a piece of literature and is fully utilized
words that look like they would rhyme but don't rhyme at all. ex) bough/cough