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Literature Review

Literature Terms

TermDefinition
tragic hero (blank)
hamartia tragic flaw
hubris excessive pride that adversely influences protagonist's judgment
catharsis cleansing, purgation
sestina song of sixes
epigram short, abrupt, sometimes cynical and always to the point
doggerel Unskilled, rhyming poetry that becomes distroted to fit the rhymes
limericks five lines. Rhyme scheme: aabba
aubade a song or piece of music played or sung at dawn
blank verse unrhymed poetry
ballads story in song revolving around love, hate, lust, murder
lyric story told with the poet playing upon a lyre
elegy poem of someone's death
ode similar to elegy, but longer
closed form lines counted and shape determined
open form no set limit on lines, rhyme scheme, meter
sonnet 14 line poem
Shakespearean Sonnet quatrains (ababa cdcdcd efef) and a couplet (gg)
metonymy something closely related, which takes on a larger meaning
onomatopoeia words capture sounds
paradox situation or feeling that appears to be contridictory but turns out to be true or make sense
Pun play on words for humous or sarcastic effect
synecdoche part of an object is used to represent the entire thing
conceits elaborate comparisons between unlikely objects
caesura pause marked by punctuation
alliteration repetition of consonants at the beginning of words that are next to each other, or close by
apostrophe direct address of someone or something that is not present to the reader
assonance repetition of vowel sounds
iambic pentameter line of poetry with 10 syllables of rising and falling stresses
iambic foot one unstressed syllable,
Created by: lorba