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Literary Terms/MAT

Written piece on which ideas or morals are represented by individual characters or things allegory
a reference within an artistic work to another artistic work allusion
in a literary work, the character whose actions oppose those of the hero antagonist
a story-poem, often sung aloud ballad
A group of American poets and artists whose expression of alienation in the 1950s became a calling card of the underground. Beat movement
nonrhyming verse consisting of 10-syllable lines blank verse
a subdivision of an epic poem canto
Artistic or literary movement that is aesthetically based on the Ancient Greeks and Romans Classicism
The point in any story at which the action reaches its zenith. climax
Two rhyming lines of poetry in succession, most often of a similar or like meter couplet
the conclusion or resolution following the climax of a story denouement
A poem of remembrance. elegy
French philosophical idea that the individual lives in an indifferent world and must take responsibility for his or her own choices. Existentialism
An allegorical story often employing animals as characters. fable
A category of work within art or letters, usually of a distinctive style. genre
A Japanese poem containing 3 lines and 17 syllable in a structured order. haiku
A literary style in which a situation is shown with the intent of representing its opposite irony
A group of expatriate writers and artists in Paris in the 1920s centered around Gertrude Stein. lost generation
The comparison of two things in which one item represents another metaphor
High intellectual movement whose goal was the examination of pure art. Modernism
A recurring element or theme in an artistic work. motif
a lyric poem of rigidly structured stanzas ode
A story depicting a message of a moral or religious nature. parable
Evoking pity in a literary work. pathos
An artistic and literary style in which society and events are depicted as they appear in real life. Realism
The period of intensely active literary and artistic activity in England 1660-1688 when Charles II returned to the throne. Restoration
Predominately English movement in the 19th century whose basic belief was that passion should supercede logic and whose main opposition was Classicism. Romantic movement
A literary work in which, through the use of irony, sarcasm and wit, the absurd in humanity is brought to light. satire
A verse of 14 lines and written in one of several rhyme schemes. sonnet
One division within a poem, usually of commonly metered verse. stanza
A literary device in which a character's thoughts emerge on the page as they occur. stream of consciousness
American movement in which insight and experience took precedence over logic and reason and that held the belief that all things coexist in nature. Transcendentalism
Nineteenth-century England, considered the height of the British industrial revolution and the apex of the British Empire. Characterized by rigid social manners and conservation. Victorian Age
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