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comparison between two things to imply identity which brings new shades of meaning to the poem.
figure of speech
a word or group of words that are not to be taken literally; e.g. metaphor, personification, simile, allusion
the totality of the poem's sound - rhyme, rhythm, speed, consonants and vowels and combinations
the fictional character who is "speaking" the words of the poem eve if the poem is just read
once folk poetry written in short, musical rhyming stanzas. Often telling sad, tragic or gory stories, though we can find love poems as ballads, too.
a poem that expresses universal truth via fictional characters & actions, which have symbolic meaning
a story that explains or examines the universe, a culture or persistent human questions or truths
Old English (Anglo-Saxon)
earliest recorded version of English (500-1000 A.D.); language found in Beowulf; short, gruff, concrete words - like house, stone, man, knife are from Old English.
a poem that explores human limits by recounting the downfall of an admirable but flawed figure; tragedy explores how character is fate
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