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Brit Lit Vocab - Richards
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A story, poem, or picture that can be interpreted to reveal a hidden meaning, typically a moral or political one.
The occurrence of the same letter or sound at the beginning of adjacent or closely connected words.
A reference to another work of literature, person, or event
A figure of speech that directly addresses an absent or imaginary person or a personified abstraction, such as liberty or love
A line spoken by an actor to the audience but not intended for others on the stage
A poem or song narrating a story in short stanzas
Verse without rhyme, especially that which uses iambic pentameter.
A natural pause or break in a line of poetry, usually near the middle of the line.
The process by which the writer reveals the personality of a character
Comedy of Manners
A comedy that satirizes behavior in a particular social group, especially the upper classes.
A fanciful expression, usually in the form of an extended metaphor or surprising analogy between seemingly dissimilar objects.
Two consecutive lines of poetry that rhyme
An elaborately formal lyric poem lamenting the death of a friend or public figure, or serious reflection on a serious subject
A long narrative poem telling of a hero's deeds
Short concluding section in a literary work
An example or model, especially a moralizing or illustrative story.
Writing or speech that is not intended to carry literal meaning and is usually meant to be imaginative and vivid.
Figure of Speech
A device used to produce figurative language
A character who acts as a contrast to another character
A warning or indication of a future event
An English genre of fiction popular in the 18th to early 19th centuries, characterized by an atmosphere of mystery and horror and having a pseudomedieval setting.
Exaggerated statements or claims not meant to be taken literally.
A line of verse with five metrical feet, each consisting of one short (or unstressed) syllable followed by one long (or stressed) syllable
Language that appeals to the senses
The expression of one's meaning by using language that normally signifies the opposite, typically for humorous or emphatic effect.
A device employed in Anglo-Saxon poetry in which the name of a thing is replaced by one of its functions or qualities, as in "ring-giver" for king and "whale-road" for ocean.
A comparison between two unrelated things; does NOT use the words "like" or "as"
Highly intellectualized poetry marked by bold and ingenious conceits, incongruous imagery, complexity and subtlety of thought, frequent use of paradox, and often by deliberate harshness or rigidity of expression
a type of religious drama in the Middle Ages based on stories about saints
a type of religious drama in the Middle Ages based on stories from the Bible
A kind of drama with personified abstract qualities as the main characters and presenting a lesson about good conduct and character, popular in the 15th and early 16th centuries.
A distinctive feature or dominant idea in an artistic or literary composition
A poem that tells a story and has a plot
An eight-line stanza
A lyric poem usually marked by serious, respectful, and exalted feelings toward the subject
A figure of speech that combines opposite or contradictory terms in a brief phrase.
A statement or proposition that seems self-contradictory or absurd but in reality expresses a possible truth
The use of successive verbal constructions in poetry or prose that correspond in grammatical structure, sound, meter, meaning, Etc.
A work of literature dealing with rural life
The attribution of a personal nature or human characteristics to something nonhuman, or the representation of an abstract quality in human form.
A four line stanza
A literary movement with an emphasis on the imagination and emotions
The use of humor, irony, exaggeration, or ridicule to expose and criticize people's stupidity or vices, particularly in the context of contemporary politics and other topical issues.
A comparison using "like" or "as"
An act of speaking one's thoughts aloud when by oneself or regardless of any hearers, especially by a character in a play.
A poem of fourteen lines using any of a number of formal rhyme schemes, in English typically having ten syllables per line.
The choices a writer makes; the combination of distinctive features of a literary work
The use of symbols to represent ideas or qualities
The subject of a talk, a piece of writing, a person's thoughts, or an exhibition; a topic.
The general character or attitude of a place, piece of writing, situation, etc.
A play dealing with tragic events and having an unhappy ending, especially one concerning the downfall of the main character.
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