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Literary Terms: B&C

Literary Terms Beginning with the Letters B and C

ballad A poem, often meant to be sung, that tells the story.
bathos A sudden descent from the lofty to the ordinary or ridiculous.
belles-lettres Literature. Currently, lighter writings or appreciative essays on the beauties of literature.
bibliography A list of books on a similar subject or by a given author or authors.
biography The story of someone’s life as written by another.
blank verse Unrhymed poetry, especially poetry written in iambic pentameter.
cacophony Discordant sounds, sometimes used in poetry for effect.
cadence The natural rhythm of language determined by its inherent alternation of stressed or unstressed syllables.
caesura a pause or break in a line of verse.
climax The point of high emotional intensity at which a story or play reaches its peak.
conceit A fanciful image, especially an elaborate or startling analogy.
couplet Two successive lines of poetry, usually rhymed.
Created by: daphnecm