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The interpretation of a text

extended metaphor

series of comparisons between two unlike things


a short tale often featuring nonhumans

falling action

the action in a play or story that occurs after the climax and leads to the conclusion


a story containing unreal imaginary features


a comedy that contains an extravagant and nonsensical disregard of seriousness, although it may have a serious and scornfull purpose

figure of speech

not literal language

first person narrative

a narrative told by a character invovled in the story, using first person pronouns such as i


a return to an earlier time in a story or play in order to clarify present action or circumstance


a minor character whose personality or attituted contrasts qith that of the main character


a unit of stressed and unstressed syllables used to determine the meter of a poetic line


providing hints of things to come in a story or play


a structure that provides the primse or setting for a narrative

free verse

a kind of poetry without lined rhymes rythm or fixed metrical feet


a term used to describe literary forms, such as novel, play,and essay

gothic novel

a novel in which supernatural horrors and an atmosphere of unknown terrors pervades the action


a forceful sermon lecture or tirade

heroic couplet

two rhymed lines written in iambic pentameter and used widel in the eighteenth century verse


the excessive pride that often leads tragic heroes to their death


A belief that emphasizes faith and optimism in human potential adn creativity


overstatement; gross exaggeration for rhetorical effect


a lyric poem or passage that describes a kind of ideal life or place

in medias res

a latin term for a narrative that starts not at the beginning of events but at some other critical point


a word or phrase representing that which can be seen, touched, tasted, smelled, or felt

indirect quotation

a rendering of a quationation in which actual words are nto stated but only approximated and paraphrased


a direct verbal assult, a denunciation


a mode of expression in whcih the intended meaning is the opposite of what is stated, often implying ridicule or light sarcasm; a state of affairs or events that is the reverse of what might have been expected


a device employed in anglo-saxon poetry in which the name of thing is replacedc by one of its functions or qualities


a mocking satirical assult on a person or situation

light verse

a variety of poetry meant to entertain or amuse but sometimes with satiracal thrust


a form of understatement in which the negative of the contrary is used to achieve emphasis or intensity

loose sentence

a sentenece that follows the customary word order of english sentences

lyric poetry

personal reflective poetry that reveals the speakers thoughts and feelings about the subject


a saying or proverb expressing common wisdom or truth


a literary form in which events are exaggerated in order to create and extreme emotional response


a figure of speech that compares unlike objects

metaphysical poetry

the work of poets particularly those of the 17th century that uses elaborate conceits, is highly intellectual and expresses the complexities of love and life


the pattern of stressed and unstressed syllables found in poetry


a fos that uses the name of one thing to represent something else with which it is associated

middle english

the language spoken in england roughtly between 1150 and 1500 ad

mock epic

a parody of tradition epic form


the general form pattern and manner of expression of a work of literature


A quick succession of images or impressions used to express an idea


the emotional tone in a work of literature


a brief often simplistic lesson that a reader may infer from a work of literature


a phrase idea or evetn that through repetitions serves to unify or convey a theme in a work of literature


one of the ancient greek goddess presiding over the arts


an imaginary story that has become an accepted part of cultural or religious traditions of a group or society


a form of verse or prose that tells a story


a term often used as a synonym for realism also a view of experience that is generally characterized as bleak and pessimistic

non sequitur

a statment or idea that fails to follow logicallly from othe one before


a work of fiction roughly 20,000 to 50,000 words

novel of manner

a novel focusing on and describing the social customs and habits of a particular social group


a lyric poem usally marked by serious respectful and exalted feelings toward the subject

old english

the anglo-saxon language spoken in what is no england from 450 to 1150 ad

omniscient narrator

a narrator with unlimited aweness understanding and insight of caracters setting background and all other elements of the story


the use of words whose sounds suggest their meaning

ottava rima

an eightline rhyming stanza of a poem


a term consisting of contradictory elements juxatoped to create a paradoxical effect

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