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repetition of sounds
a middle pause in a line of poetry
figurative phrase used as a synonym for a simple noun. (Whale-Road or Sword-Storm)
A lord and protector of people, like a king.
Center of Anglo-Saxon life. (Where everyone met)
"where have they gone?" (the good ole' days)
"Fate" (how Anglo-saxons looked at life)
women that married off to make peace between fighting tribes.
a long narrative poem in elevated style. Usually center around heroic style and episodes that are important to the history of the nation.
Devotion to material wealth and possessions.
code of ethics for knights and gentle-woman
state of adoration (Anglo-Saxon time)
"little sound or song"
The Italian Sonnet
14 line poem
beginning with an octave, follows with a sestet, and ends with a volta.
an 8 line section in an Italian Sonnet
a 6 lined section in an Italian Sonnet
A "turn" in line 9 of an Italian Sonnet
The English Sonnet
3 quatrains, a turn, and couplet.
4 line sections in the english sonnet
a shift in thought in the english sonnet
a 2 line section in english sonnet
system for describing the rhythm of a poem.
described in terms of stressed and unstressed syllables.
a unit of rhythm in poetry.
when a syllable gets a heavy emphasis
when a syllable gets emphasized, but not heavily.
when two syllables that are next to eachother share the stress
when a foot of poetry has more syllables than it should.
when there is a foot of poetry that lacks a syllable.
speech delivered when speaker is alone on stage
comedy of errors
a comedy based around a series of mistakes or mishaps
serious love is the chief concern
Literature that ridicules human vices, weaknesses, or foolishness.
comedy of situation
focuses on ingenuity of plot rather than character
comedy of manners
Realistic comedy that makes fun of the manners and conventions of an artificial, highly sophisticated way.
Plot is tragedy and ends with a happy ending
character who is representative of a class or kind of person.
the attitude toward the subject implied by a literary work.
an ending of conflict or renewing of friendly relationships.
"beyond, above, of a higher logical order"
thinking about thinking.
a fiction about a fiction
Bahtin reasoning on imagination. people who are one voiced and look at the world in one way.
Bahtin reasoning on imagination. People that are many voiced and have many ways of looking at the world.
trecharous, opposed to status quo or social order
what the script literally says.
what's implied but not stated in the text
person who moves the story along, who the story centers around.
person/entity/object that is the protagonists main obstacle or opposing force
character who provides contrast to the protagonist, in order to emphasize the main characters traits.
a dramatic work that tells the story of someones downfall
the error, fraility, mistaken judgement, or misstep through which the fortunes of the hero of a tragedy are reversed.
climax of tragedy, usually horrific (Usually death of a hero)
according to aristotle, tragedy "through pity and fear effects the proper purgatation of these emotions."
theme is the revenge of the death of a murdered family whose ghost directs the revenge.
tragedy of blood
works out revenge through murder, assassanation, mutilation, and carnage.
when a writers says one thing but means something quite different.
"to tear flesh" Particularly nasty irony intended to insult or injure. Can be very personal.
in many satires, authors will include a character or passage that isn't ironic, sarcastic, or satirical.
a whole bunch of modes of thought that rely on reason rather than sense perceptions, revelation, tradition, or authority.
gentle, urbane, smiling. Aims to correct through broadly sympathetic laughter.
art of appearing to be a perfect gentleman
only "uncompleted" genre, things in a novel are in a process of growing, developing, and changing.
people who think they are clever..but arn't
comes from the french and literally means "to try"
a philosophical movement that swept through europe. signaled a shift away from old religious beliefs toward belief in science and religion.
all knowledge comes from expierence (not belief or authority.)
broadly, and attitude that exalts humanity above the supernatural divine, or natural.
biting, bitter, angry. It points with contempt and indignation at the corruption of human beings and their institutions.
a true mark of greatness for men in the Regency Period
man obsessed with fashion and vain about his appearance that he becomes ridiculous.
easily shocked and pays alot of attention to proper social behavior.
see life as completed, things are decided and certain.
a branch of philosophy that's concerned with being and existance.
a comparison that uses like, as, liken, resemble, etc.
a comparison that does not use like or as
ascribing human traits to something that isn't human
a trpe in which the part signifies the whole or the whole signifies a part
the substitution of an object for an object closely related to it.
a line that ends grammatically at the end of the line.
a line that continues gramatically through the end of the line.
a line that ends on a stressed syllable
a line that ends on an unstressed syllable
when there are rhymes within a line (not at the end)
same or similar vowel sounds in stressed syllables that end with different consonant sounds
repetition of final consonant sounds
language that appeals to our sense of sight.
something that stands for something else.
exaggeration in a poem or story
a figure of speech in which someone (usally but not always absent), some abstract quality, or a nonexistent person is addressed.
a story within a story
a readers articulation of the meaning of a work of literature
what the book/character says.
what the book/character represents.
what the book/character teaches us about right and wrong
what the book/character represent in terms or our conscious and unconscious dreams and desires
what the book/character represent in a social/economic/political terms.
People who think the plays of shakespeare were actually not done by him.
Sir Frances Bacon
First suspect in Antistratfordian movement.
The study and philosophy of the beautiful in nature, art, and literature.
Reinforces the status quo, opposes change, favors the current political/ecomonic/social situation
opposes the status quo, in favor of change, and opposes the current political/economic/social situation.
a story within a story
"let it alone"
a brief subjective poem strongly marked by imagination, melody, and emotion, creating a single unified impression
a form of verse to be sung or recited and characterized by its presentation of a dramatic or exciting episode or simple narrative.
the study of knowledge.
experience of objects enables us to understand reality.
an object gets its meaning only through the active use of consciousness
The philosophical principle than an idea or event (thesis) creates its opposite (antithesis) and leads to a reconciliation of opposites (synthesis)
possesing the qualities or characteristics of the works of Charles Dickens
over indulgance in emotions. An optimistic overemphasis on the goodness of humanity
writing that exaggerates certain individual qualities of a person (often for comic effects)
schools of thought that formulate general principals about how to interpret literature.
a novel that deals with the development of a young person, usually from adolescense to maturity.
a fixed 19-line form, originally french, employing only 2 rhymes a repeats 2 of the lines according to a set pattern.
a period of often violent political struggle in N. Ireland, beginning in the 1960's and officially ending in 1998.
supports union of Ireland and Great Britian. Mostly protestant.
supports independent ireland. Mostly catholic.
poetry that is humerous, comic, or witty.
type of light verse that is entertaining because of its strong rhythmic quality and lack of logic. Often characterized by the presence of made-up words.