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Literary Elements

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Stanza a group of lines forming the basic recurring metrical unit in a poem; a verse.
Couplet A couplet consists of two rhyming lines having the same meter
Tercet A tercet comprises three lines following a same rhyming scheme a a a, or have a rhyming pattern a b a. Sir Thomas Wyatt introduced tercet in the 16th century.
quatrain Quatrain is a form of stanza popularized by a Persian poet, Omar Khayyam, who called it a Rubai. It has common rhyming schemes a a a a, a a b b, a b a b.
sestet the last six lines of a sonnet.
octave a poem or stanza of eight lines; an octet.
Free verse poetry that does not rhyme or have a regular meter.
Lyric expressing the writer's emotions, usually briefly and in stanzas or recognized forms.
Narrative a spoken or written account of connected events; a story.
Ballad a poem or song narrating a story in short stanzas. Traditional ballads are typically of unknown authorship, having been passed on orally from one generation to the next as part of the folk culture.
Novella a short novel or long short story.
Novelette a short novel, typically one that is light and romantic or sentimental in character.
Epic Long poem, typically one derived from ancient oral tradition, narrating the deeds and adventures of heroic or legendary figures or the history of a nation.
Elegy A poem of serious reflection, typically a lament for the dead.
Drama A play for theater, radio, television.
Essay A short piece of writing on a particular subject.
Prose Written or spoken language in its ordinary form, without metrical structure.
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