Praxis 041 English Literature Part 5

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Literary Terms

Antagonist

A character or force in conflict with the main character (Protagonist)

Antithesis

a statement in which two opposing ideas are balanced

Anastrophe

inversion of the usual, normal, or logical order of the parts of a sentence. purpose is rhythm or emphasis or euphony. it is a fancy word for inversion.

Aphorism

a short pithy instructive saying

Anticlimax

a change from a serious subject to a disappointing one

Apocalypse

a prophetic revelation, especially one concerning the end of the world

Archetype

A symbol, story pattern, or character type that is found in the literature of many cultures. Example: Children of opposite qualities born of the same parents

Blank verse

unrhymed verse (usually in iambic pentameter)

Burlesque

a composition that imitates somebody's style in a humorous way

Caricature

a representation of a person that is exaggerated for comic effect

Caesura

a break or pause (usually for sense) in the middle of a verse line

Catastrophe

an event resulting in great loss and misfortune

Catharsis

an extreme change in emotion, occurring as the result of experiencing strong feelings: a purging.

Conceit

a fanciful expression, usually in the form of an extended metaphor or surprising analogy between seemingly dissimilar objects

Cliche

a worn-out idea or overused expression

Connotation

what you must know in order to determine the reference of an expression

Consonance

the repetition of consonants (or consonant patterns) especially at the ends of words

Closet Drama

drama more suitable for reading that for performing

Couplet

a stanza consisting of two successive lines of verse

Denouement

the final resolution of the main complication of a literary or dramatic work

Diction

the manner in which something is expressed in words

Discourse

an extended communication (often interactive) dealing with some particular topic

Epiphany

a moment of sudden revelation or insight

Epilogue

a short passage added at the end of a literary work

Exposition

a systematic interpretation or explanation (usually written) of a specific topic

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