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Literary terms 1

english literary terms

antihero protagonist but does not embody the classic characteristics of courage, strength, and nobility
Ballad folk song or poem passed down orally that tells a story which may be derived from an actual incident or from legend or folklore. Usually composed in four-line stanzas (quatrains) with the rhyme scheme ABCB. Often contains a refrain.
blank verse unrhymed poetry of iambic pentameter. favored technique of Shaespeare
consonance same consonant sound in words with different vowel sounds
enjambment in poetry the running over of a sentence from one verse of stanza into the next without stopping at the end of the first.
epigram a short clever poem with a witty turn of thought
flashback interrupton of a narrative by the introduction of an earlier event of by an image of a past event
iambic pentameter a five foot line made up of unaccented followed by an accented syllable. It is the most common metric foot in english language poetry
meter the rhythmical pattern of a poem. Just as all words are pronounced with accented syllables and unaccented syllable, lines of poetry are assigned similar rhythms
parallelism the repeated use of the same grammatical structure in a sentence of a series of sentences. This device tends to emphasize what is said and this underscores the the meaning.
parody a comical imitation of serious piece with the intent of ridiculing the author or his work
refrain repetition of a line, stanza, or phrase
repetition a word or phrase used more than once to emphasize an idea
stock character a stereotypical character, a type. The audience expects the character to have certain characteristics.
stream of consciousness a form of writing which replicates the way the human mind works. Ideas are presented in random order; thoughts are often unfinished.
tragic flaw a defect in a hero or heroine that leads to his or her downfall
transition/segue the means to get from one portion of a poem or story to another. "the next day"
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