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literature so filled with facts and teaching that the reader is bored or turned off
a single character's speech, common in folk ballads and poetry, where the character reveals insight to his or her life, at a dramatic turning point
literature about a totalitarian society that is disguised as utopian but, in truth, is repressive and controlling; the message in the literature serves as a warning to what could be, in the future
a piece of literature, music, or film that humorously pokes fun at a serious work
(caricature, burlesque, take-off, spoof)
verse where an author frankly exposes his or her private distress over personal issues; the term originated in the late 1950s and early 1960s in America and usually deals with issues such as alcoholism, insanity, divorce, suicidal thoughts, and intense personal conflict
an epic story from history with a superhuman hero; the story can be based in fantasy or reality, but earlier peoples usually believed it to be true
a work that consists of borrowed materials (in part or in whole), whether in music, art, or literature (imitation, takeoff)
in any form of art (literature, music, theater), a piece that refers to the idyllic life of shepherds quietly pasturing their sheep
the purging of emotions through being engaged in an endeavor; getting rid of pent-up emotions
An effect in which emotions are purified (or purged) through evoking fear or pity through literature, particularly through tragedy
in psychology, abreaction: recalling a traumatic event, in order to relieve its pent-up stress
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