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Lit Terms #3

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literary banality demonstrates a lack of effectiveness, seems tasteless or offensive, and expresses hackneyed, stale, trite, stereotyped ideas of things banality
unrhymed iambic pentameter (ten syllables containing five stressed syllables, beginning with an unstressed syllable. blank verse ex: "O what a rogue and peasant slave am I" -Hamlet
a harsh unpleasant combination of sounds or tones. The hard "c" or "k", the hard "g" and the "t" and "d," for example when occurring close together may produce a discordant effect cacophony
a pause or break in the rhythmical progress of a line of poetry caesura ex: "Then be not coy, but use your time;/And while ye may, go marry." -Robert Herrick
literally means "seize the day"; a motif in poetry which advises the reader to enjoy the present pleasures because of the brevity of life and the finality of death carpe diem
the creation of imaginary persons so credible that they exist for the reader as real within the limits of the fiction; may be accomplised through direct exposition, presentation of the character in action, or representation from within a character characterization
an overused phrase which has lost its freshness or an over-used situation cliche ex: "the body falling with a dull thud" "the rescue in the nick of time"
the turning point in the action, the place at which the rising action reverses and becomes the falling action. The point in the plot of greatest excitement, intensity, or impressiveness climax
a humorous scene, incident, or speech in the course of a serious fiction of drama. Its purpose is to relieve tension and thereby heighten the tragic emotion by contrast comic relief ex: The drunken porter scene in Macbeth
the struggle which grows out of the interplay of the two opposing forces in a plot. Conflict may be internal (man against self) or external (man against man, man against nature, man against fate, or man against society.) No conflict=no plot conflict
Created by: Catilyn