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the practice of analyzing a literary work by investigating the social, cultural, and intellectual context that produced it, a context that necessarily includes the artist's biography and milieu. Historical critics strive to recreate the exact meaning and impact a work had on it's original audience
common language, not poetry; Prose is a type of literature that is written expression without a formal pattern of verse or meter (as opposed to poetry).
pathetic situation; the quality or power in an actual life experience or in literature, music, speech, or other forms of expression, of evoking a feeling of pity or compassion.
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