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Barons vocab test 2: 364-367

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explication
The interpretation of a text
extended metaphor
series of comparisons between two unlike things
fable
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
fantasy
a story containing unreal imaginary features
farce
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
Flashback
a return to an earlier time in a story or play in order to clarify present action or circumstance
foil
a minor character whose personality or attituted contrasts qith that of the main character
foot
a unit of stressed and unstressed syllables used to determine the meter of a poetic line
foreshadowing
providing hints of things to come in a story or play
frame
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
genre
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
harange
a forceful sermon lecture or tirade
heroic couplet
two rhymed lines written in iambic pentameter and used widel in the eighteenth century verse
hubris
the excessive pride that often leads tragic heroes to their death
humanism
A belief that emphasizes faith and optimism in human potential adn creativity
hyperbole
overstatement; gross exaggeration for rhetorical effect
idyll
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
image
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
invective
a direct verbal assult, a denunciation
irony
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
kenning
a device employed in anglo-saxon poetry in which the name of thing is replacedc by one of its functions or qualities
lampoon
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
litotes
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
maxism
a saying or proverb expressing common wisdom or truth
melodrama
a literary form in which events are exaggerated in order to create and extreme emotional response
metaphor
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
meter
the pattern of stressed and unstressed syllables found in poetry
metonymy
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
mode
the general form pattern and manner of expression of a work of literature
montage
A quick succession of images or impressions used to express an idea
mood
the emotional tone in a work of literature
moral
a brief often simplistic lesson that a reader may infer from a work of literature
motif
a phrase idea or evetn that through repetitions serves to unify or convey a theme in a work of literature
muse
one of the ancient greek goddess presiding over the arts
myth
an imaginary story that has become an accepted part of cultural or religious traditions of a group or society
narrative
a form of verse or prose that tells a story
naturlaism
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
novella
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
ode
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
onomatopoeia
the use of words whose sounds suggest their meaning
ottava rima
an eightline rhyming stanza of a poem
oxymoron
a term consisting of contradictory elements juxatoped to create a paradoxical effect