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English Victorian Age Lit Terms

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Speaker
The person who says the story (not always the poet) can be fictional or real and generalized (not described in detail) or have a specific identity
Dramatic Monologue
Used by Robert Browning. A single character delivers a speech, Browning's monologues have the character indirectly reveal his haracter or situation andthere is a silent listener
Run-on lines
Used by Robert Browning. Lines ending where the flow of words forces the reader to read on without pause, more like everyday speech
End-stopped lines
Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett Browning. Lines would end just where the speaker would pause for a sing-song effect
Novel
Long work of fiction, has a complex plot with subplots, has major and minor characters, and a significant theme
Social Criticism
Called attention to society's ills. Dickens did this
Mood
A feeling a piece of literature portrays or calls up
Theme
The piece of literature's central idea
Journalistic Essays
Short prose pieces that provide perspectives on current events or trends, use serious topics
Stanza
Repeated groupings if two or more verse lines with a pattern of line length, rhythm, and rhyme
Stanza Structure
The pattern of stanzas in the poem
Irony
A contradiction between reality and appearance
Metrical Verse
Poem with regular rhythm
Feet
Poetic combination of syllables. Iambic- unstressed, stressed. Trochaic- stressed, unstressed. Anapestic- unstressed, unstressed, stressed.
Meter
Trimeter-three feet per line. Tetrameter-four feet. Pentameter- five feet
Counterpoint Rhythm
Two opposing rhythms appear together. Ex- iambic, trochaic, iambic
Sprung Rhythm
All feet begin with a stressed syllable and contain a varying number of unstressed syllables. Used by Hopkins