B/C - English Terms Glossary
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An impropriety of language. The term includes a mistake in the form of a word and the unwarranted use of foreign words.
insincere or overly sentimental quality of writing/speech intended to evoke pity
a novel dealing with one person's formative years or spiritual education.
unrhymed iambic pentameter
having a negative effect; insulting
Drama that treats middle-class subject matter or characters rather than the lives of the rich and powerful. Usually pejorative.
(Gk 'short speech') Terse and condensed expression.
empty boasting; bragging; a boasting person; braggart.
A work of literature meant to ridicule a subject; a grotesque imitation.
(Gk 'dissonance') the opposite of euphony. Harsh sounds that are used to achieve a specific effect.
rhythmic flow of a sequence of sounds or words
An obvious pause in a line of poetry
an exaggerated concept of honor.
Verses that read both ways, and which thus form a palindrome.
The title of an essay on dramatic criticism. It denotes a clever, witty, epigrammatic one-liner
of the nature or in the style of an epigram; concise, clever, and amusing
a picture, description, or imitation of a person or thing in which certain striking characteristics are exaggerated in order to create a comic or grotesque effect.
Literally, "seize the day"; "enjoy life while you can," a common theme in life and literature.
an extravagant, implied metaphor using words in an alien or unusual way
the process of releasing, and thereby providing relief from, strong or repressed emotions.
a sentence strategy in which the arrangement of ideas in the second clause is a reversal of the first
Roundabout speech or writing.
analysis of a text
A humorous scene or speech intended to relieve tension.
the study of similarities in the literature.
A character in drama/fiction who has little effect on the action but whose function is to listen to the intimate feelings and intentions of the protagonist.
Repetition of a consonant sound within two or more words in close proximity.
In literature, a device, principle, procedure or form which is generally accepted and through which there is an agreement between the writer and audience which allows various freedoms and restrictions.
A term used to denote the body of a writer's work. (Collection of texts)
Frequent metrical variation.
Two consecutive lines of poetry that rhyme
Applied to unnecessary and disagreeable repetition.
Also known as interlaced rhyme, occurs in long couplets where the words in the middle of each line rhyme.
A term appleid to the rhythm or pattern of prose.