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Miss Johnson Literature Terms

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Shakespearean Sonnet
a sonnet consisting three quatrains and a concluding couplet in iambic pentameter with the rhyme pattern abab cdcd efef gg
Spenserian Sonnet
a sonnet consisting of three quatrains and a concluding couplet in iambic pentameter with the rhyme pattern abab bcbd cdcd ee
Petrarchan Sonnet
a sonnet consisting of an octave with the rhyme pattern abbaabba, followed by a sestet with the rhyme pattern cdecde or cdcdcd
Ekphrasis
a literary description of or commentary on a visual work of art.
Volta
the turning point in the sonnet. (usually between the octet and sestet or between the last quatrain and the couplet)
Rhyming couplet
Pair of lines that rhyme
Iambic Pentamenter
A metrical pattern in poetry which consists of five iambic feet per line. (An iamb, or iambic foot, consists of one unstressed syllable followed by a stressed syllable, i.e. "away.")
Mis-en-scene
A use of a visual scene
Foil
a character whose personality and attitude contrast sharply with those of another
Suspension of Disbelief
a willingness to suspend one's critical faculties and believe the unbelievable; sacrifice of realism and logic for the sake of enjoyment