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AP Lit Vocab #7

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mood
the attitude an author conveys toward his or her subject
morality play
a genre of medieval drama in which allegorical figures are used to illustrate Christian moral struggles
motif
a recurring element that appears in various works of literature or throughout a single work
movement
refers to the members and work on any group of writers or critics who share a more or less cohesive and defined attitude toward literary creation and interpretation
muse
one of the nice goddesses (daughters of Zeus and Mnemosyne, goddess of memory) responsible for the various fields of art and study
myth
an often supernatural or highly imaginative narrative in the oral tradition, used to express explanations for or collective attitudes toward human or natural events, social customs or beliefs, or the origins of life
narrator
someone who tells a story; the imagined or understood speaker of a narrative
negative capability
one's ability or willingness to be receptive to a complex or uncertain situation rather tan ignoring the ambiguity or pushing toward an artificial simple solution
neologism
a word newly invented and introduced into a language
nonce word
a word invented by a writer for use on a single occasion
portmanteau word
a neologism or nonce word made up of two pre-existing words fused together; also called a blend (ex: smog=smoke+ fog, or brunch=breakfast+lunch)
occasional verse
poetry written for or in response to a specific occasion, such as a birth, death, marriage, anniversary or other notable event
octameter
describes a line of metrical verse consisting of 8 feet
octave
any stanza of 8 lines, whether rhymed or unrhymed (octet)
ode
a relatively long, formal and elaborate lyric poem marking an important event, praising a person or thing or mediating upon an important subject
oeuvre
french for "work", the term refers to the total body of works written by a particular author
onomatopoeia
the use of a word that imitates the sound of something or a word with a sound suggesting its meaning
organic form
describes the form of a work of literature (usually a poem) that does not adhere to any set formal arrangement or structure
ottava rima
a stanza of eight lines in iambic pentameter, rhymed ABABABCC (concluding couplet offers a summary, conclusion, synthesis or reversal)
oxymoron
a word or phrase made up of two contradictory terms