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Unit 1 Brit Lit

Literary terms for Unit One

QuestionAnswer
allegory A symbolic narrative in which the surface details imply a secondary meaning. Allegory often takes the form of a story in which the characters represent moral qualities.
anonymity the condition of not revealing one's name or identity
caesura A strong pause within a line of verse
"Dance of Death"
epic A long narrative poem that records the adventures of a hero. Epics typically chronicle the origins of a civilization and embody its central values.
farce a form of low comedy designed to provoke laughter through highly exaggerated caricatures of people in improbable or silly situations
foil A character who contrasts and parallels the main character in a play or story.
framed narrative a story told within another story
hyperbole an exaggeration
icon(religious art) an image or depiction, that represents something else of greater significance through literal or figurative meaning, usually associated with religious, cultural, political, or economic standing
miracle plays a miracle play is a medieval drama depicting either biblical stories, the miracle(s) performed by a saint, or the martyrdom of a saint in Christian traditions.
perspective (art and literature) the vantage point from which something is viewed
fabliaux A humorous, frequently ribald narrative--tales frequently revolve around trickery, practical jokes, sexual mishaps, scatology, mistaken identity, and bodily humor. Chaucer included several fabliaux in The Canterbury Tales
symbol A word, place, character, or object that means something beyond what it is on a literal level.
morality play a drama that illustrates the way to live a pious life through allegorical characters. The characters tend to be personified abstractions of vices and virtues
mystery play A religious play performed outdoors in the medieval period that enacts an event from the Bible
Created by: mkincy