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story or poem with two meanings: a literal meaning and a figurative (metaphorical/symbolic) meaning
sequence of a story that has five parts: setting, rising action, climax, falling action, denouement
a play on words with multiple meanings or with words that sound alike but have different meanings
Stream of consciousness
writing style that mimics the random flow of thoughts, emotions and memories running through a characters mind
line of poetry made of five iambs (10 syllables) and is the most common verse rhythm of poetry. An iamb is a unit of measure made of one unstressed syllable followed by a stressed syllable
a philosophy that suggests we must struggle to create our won meaning and morality in the absence of absolute values; many believe that the universe is indifferent to human suffering
an eight line stanza or poem, or the first eight lines of a Petrarchan (Italian) sonnet where the rhyme scheme is abbaabba
especially complex and ingenious figures of speech that make surprising connections between two seemingly extremely dissimilar things
depicts serious events where the protagonist (usually high-ranking and dignified) comes to an unhappy end
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