F/G/H - English Glossary
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A comedy that contains an extravagant and nonsensical disregard of seriousness, although it may have a serious, scornful purpose.
a traditional pattern that applies to a whole poem
A metrical unit composed of stressed and unstressed syllables.
Four Levels of Meaning
four ways a work can be analyzed: literal or historical, moral, allegorical, and anagogical
Distinguishes four different meanings in a poem: the sense, what is actually said; feeling, the writer's emotional attitude towards it; tone, the writer's attitude towards his reader; intention, the writer's purpose, the effect he is aiming at.
Word or idea acts as a stimulus or trigger to a series or sequence of other words or ideas which may or may not have some logical relationship.
Poetry that does not have a regular meter or rhyme scheme
Freudian Criticism (Psychoanalytic Criticism)
Broadly speaking, often speculative, is the quest for and discovery of and the subsequent analysis of connections between the artists themselves and what they actually create.
exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution
Critics who began to see literary work as a series of existential expressions of the author's conscience. Major writers: Georges Poulet, Marcel Raymond, and J. Hillis Miller.
a poem or book dealing with agriculture or rural topic
(G 'society novel') A term used to describe novels which portray a 'society' as a whole.
an organized whole
the smallest part of written language that represents a phoneme in the spelling of a word
Great Chain of Being (scala naturae)
The idea that organisms are arranged in a hierarchy from lesser to greater state of perfection
(Gk ' error') Primarily, an error of judgment which may arise from ignorance or some moral shortcoming. Fatal flaw leading to the downfall of a tragic hero.
(Gk 'one through two') Use of two nouns connected by a conjunction with the meaning of one modified noun.
(Gk 'priestly') Opposite of demotic.
(Gk 'entire phrase') The use of one word to express a number of ideas.
a word spelled exactly like another word, but having a different meaning
a word that has the same sound but a different meaning as another word
(Gk 'wanton insolence') This shortcoming or defect in the Greek tragic hero leads him to ignore the warnings of the gods and to transgress their laws and commands.