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poetry that blends criticism with humor to convey a message, usually through the use of irony
Latin for "mask". a fictitious character created by an author to be the speaker of a literary work
a mode of expression in which the speaker or writer says the opposite of what is really meant.
a situation in which the larger implications of a characters words, action, or situation are unrealized by that character but seen by the author and the reader or audience
the contrast between a character's position or aspiration and the treatment he or she receives at the hands of a seemingly hostile fate. "irony of fate"
The casual or informal but correct language of ordinary native speakers. contains slang
the ordinary speech of educated native speakers. common writing. more educated than colloquial english
an association or additional meaning that a word, image, or phase may carry, apart from its literal denotation or dictionary definition.
a comparison of two things, indicated by some connective , usually like, as, or than. comparison of two things
an ironic figure of speech that deliberately describes something in a way that is less than the case
the harmonious effect when the sound of the words connect with the meaning in a way pleasing to the ear and mind
an attempt to represent a thing or action by a word that imitates the sound associated with it
cesura or caesura
a light but definite pause within a line of verse. often appears in the middle of a line
run on line
a line of verse that does not end in punctuation, but carries on grammatically to the next line.
end stopped line
a line of verse that ends in a full pause, often indicated by a mark of punctuation.
literary work expresses its content. poetry, form usually used to describe the design of a poem
two rimed lines of imabic pentameter that usaully contain an independent and complete though or statement. also called heroic couplet.
poetic language printed in prose paragraphs, though with careful attention sound and imagery
a description-often narrative- in which the literal events consistently point to a parallel sequence of ideas
symbols that because of their frequent use have acquired a standard significance
a recurring symbol, character, landscape, or event found in myth and literature across different cultures and eras
the technique of arranging event and information in such a way that later events are prepared for beforehand
also called subplot. a second story or plotline that is complete. inverting the main plot
in dram, a speech by a character alone onstage in which he or she utter there thought aloud
a play that portrays a serious conflict between human beings and some superior, overwhelming force
a comic genre evoking thoughtful laughter in response to the play depiction of the folly, pretense, and hypocrisy of human behavior
a genre using derisive humor to ridicule human weakness and folly or attack political injustices and incompetence.
a form of comic drama in which the plot focuses on one or pairs of young lovers who overcome difficulties to achieve a happy ending
a comic style arousing laughter through jokes, slapstick antics, sight gags, boisterous clowning, vulgar humor
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