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Literary and Rhetorical Terms 6

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Enjambment
In poetry, the running over of a sentence from one verse or stanza to the next without stopping at the end of the first. (thought is incomplete at the end of a line and goes on as if it were still the same line)
Enlightenment
An intellectual movement in the late-seventeenth and eighteenth centuries uniting the concepts of God, nature, reason, and man in the belief that "right reason" could achieve for man a perfect society by freeing him from the oppressive restraints of unexamined authority, superstition, and prejudice. Also known as the Age of Reason
Epic
An extended narrative poem, exalted in style and heroic theme e. g. The Odyssey
Epigram
A short, usually witty statement, graceful in style and ingenious in thought
Epigraph
A brief quotation at the beginning of a work (usually on the title page) that reflects the theme of the work. Frankenstein
Epiphany
A sudden flash of insight; a startling discovery; a dramatic realization.
Epistolary novel
Novel written in the from of letters. Technically, Frankenstein is an epistolary novel.
Eponymous
A term for the title character of a work of literature.
Epithet
An adjective or other term used to characterize a person or thing, as in Atilla the Hun, Ethelred the Unready, or Jack the Ripper.
Ethos
Appeal to ethics
Euphemism
A word or phrase which substitutes for another which would likely be undesirable because it may be too direct, unpleasant, or offensive e. g. "pass on" instead of "die
Euphony
Denotes pleasing, mellifluous sounds, usually produced by long vowels rather than consonants.
Eye Rhyme
Rhyme which depends on spelling rather than pronunciation; rhyme that is seen, not heard.
exegesis
A detailed analysis of a work of literature.
Farce
Any play which evokes laughter by such devices of low comedy such as physical buffoonery, rough wit or ridiculous situation; unconcerned with subtlety/plausibility