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Comedy of Manners

Comedy that ridicules the manners (way of life, social customs, etc.) of a certain segment of society

Complaint

lyric poem of lament, regret, and sadness which may explain the speaker's mood, describe its cause, discuss remedies, and appeal for help

Conceit

extended metaphor or surprising analogy between seemingly dissimilar objects

Concrete Language

Diction of specificity, referring to particular persons or things

Conflict

struggle or clash between opposing characters or forces

Connotation

emotional implications and associations of words

Couplet

two consecutive lines of poetry that rhyme

Denotation

The dictionary definition of a word, devoid of emotion, attitude, or color

Denouement

outcome or resolution of the plot, occurring after the climax

Deus ex machina

Literary device in which divine intervention is necessary to get the protagonist out of a sticky situation or untangle an ugly plotline

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