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Creative Writing Terms
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the literary art of diminishing or derogating a subject by making it ridiculous and evoking toward it attitudes of amusement, contempt, scorn or indignation. It desires to use laughter as a weapon.
an expression that deviates enough from ordinary usage to call attention to itself and has been used so often that it is hackneyed or cloyed; overused. Examples: "a whole new ballgame"
In Greek, means the passions, sufferings or deep feelings. Attributed to a passage that evokes feelings of tenderness, pity or sympathetic sorrow.
Greek for 'depth.' Used to describe work that fails at being elevated or passionate as the writer overshoots the mark or drops into the trivial or the ridiculous. Similar to an anticlimax.
a lyric poem consisting of a single stanza of fourteen iambic pentameter lines linked by an intricate rhyme scheme. Kinds include Italian and English
any fairly short poem uttered by a single speaker, who expresses a state of mind or a process of perception, thought, and feeling.
it's a statement that seems on its face to be logically contradictory or absurd, yet turns out to be interpretable in a way that does make sense. example: death shalt die. It's verbal wit
applies to work that have a long verse narrative on a serious subject, told in a formal or elevated style, and are centered on a heroic or quasi-divine figure on whose actions depends the fate of a tribe, a nation or the human race. Examples include Paradise Lost (lit epic) and Beowulf (traditional epic)
originally meant any poem written in elegiac meter. It also refers to the subject matter of change and loss frequently expressed in the elegiac verse, especially in complaints about love.
characterized by order, accuracy, and structure. In direct opposition to Renaissance attitudes, where man was seen as basically good, the Neoclassical writers portrayed man as inherently flawed. They emphasized restraint, self-control, and common sense. This was a time when conservatism flourished in both politics and literature.
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