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Literary Terms

Renaissance Unit

QuestionAnswer
couplet a pair of rhyming pairs
repetition recurrence of sounds, words, phrases, lines or a stanza in a speech or written piece
oxymoron figure of speech that fuses two contradictions
analogy extended comparison of relationships
epitaph inscription on a tomb or burial place
prose opposite of poetry
theme central idea or purpose in a literary work
stanza group of lines in a poem, seen as a unit
ode long, formal lyric poem with a serious theme
onomatopoeia used to imitate sounds
imagery descriptive language used to recreat sensory experiences
narration writing that tells a story
sonnet fourteen line lyric with a single theme
elegy solemn and formal lyric poem about death
symbol sign, word, phrase, image to represent something
conceit an unusual and surprising comparison between two very different things
epigram a brief statement in prose or in verse
epiphany a term to describe a moment of insight; "lightbulb moment"
blank verse unrhymed poetry usually written in iambic pentameter
free verse poetry not written in a regular, rhythmical pattern, or meter
pastoral literary works that deal with the pleasures of a simple rural life or with escape to a simpler place and time
Created by: ms_manning