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something located at a time when it could not have existed or occurred


short account of an incident (especially a biographical one)


(psychoanalysis) purging of emotional tensions


anything that serves by contrast to call attention to another thing's good qualities


humorous or satirical mimicry


a quality that arouses emotions (especially pity or sorrow)

Rhyme Scheme

the pattern of rhyme in a poem

Visual Rhyme

when the words look like, rather than sound like, they could rhyme


a (usually long) dramatic speech intended to give the illusion of unspoken reflections

Stream of Consciousness

narrative mode that seeks to portray an individual's point of view by giving the written equivalent of the character's thought processes, either in a loose interior monologue, or in connection to his or her actions

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