Lit 201 Test 2

  1. A narrative in which the characters, settings, and episodes stand for something else. Traditionally, most allegories come in the form of stories that correlate to spiritual concepts;
    • city of ladies pizan
  2. A universal symbol that evokes deep and sometimes unconscious responses in a reader. In literature, characters, images, and themes that symbolize universal meanings and basic human experiences are considered archetypes. Common literary archetypes include quests, initiations, scapegoats, descents to the underworld, and ascents to heaven.
    • dante = typical imperfect human
  3. A narrative verse form originally meant to be sung; it generally tells a dramatic tale or a simple story. Ballads are associated with the oral traditions and folklore of common people. The folk ballad stanza usually consists of four lines of alternating tetrameter (four accented syllables) and trimester (three accented syllables) and follows a rhyme scheme of abab or abcb.
    • BALLAD
    • beowolf anon
  4. Arrangement whereby young warriors attached themselves to the leader of a group and defended him in return for his economic and legal protection. Also, the bond among warriors attached to such a leader.
    • beowolf
  5. A long narrative poem told in a formal, elevated style that focuses on a serious subject and chronicles heroic deeds and events important to a culture or nation. It usually includes a supernatural dimension
    • EPIC
    • beowolf
  6. A verse form composed on iambic three-line stanzas, with lines of ten or eleven syllables.
    • inferno
  7. Originally, poetry composed to the accompaniment of a lyre (a stringed musical instrument). By extension, any poetry that expresses intense personal emotion in a manner suggestive of a song, as opposed to narrative poetry that relates the events of a story. Short poems, often on the subject of love, exist in most of the world’s cultures
  8. lyric
    a lovers prize
  9. Exaggerated pride or arrogance
  10. texts we read
    • beowolf
    • city of ladies
    • Shahnameh
    • Medieval poems
    • Inferno
  11. who was Shahnameh written by
    Ablo qua sem

    Ferdow si

    Abloquasem Ferdowsi
  12. Medieval Poems
    • Zaydun from Al-Zahra by Ibn Zaydun 
    • “To Ibn al-mu’allim” Yehuda Haleri 
    •  “A Lover’s Prize” Beatrice of Dia
    • Jalaloddin Rumi “Dissolver of Sugar”  and “Only Breath,”
    • “The Fox” Dafydd Ap Gwilym
  13. Zaydun from Al-Zahra
    Ibn Zaydun

    talking about the aftermath of lover leaving.
  14. “To Ibn al-mu’allim”
    Yehuda Haleri

    writing to lover, describing her features and what he would do w/ her
  15. “Dissolver of Sugar”  and “Only Breath,”
    Jalaloddin Rumi

    • only breath - countries/faiths, paradoxes
    • dissolver of sugar - the keeping is pulling me in
  16. “The Fox”
    Dafydd Ap Gwilym

    lots of animal imagery
  17. Beowolf key words
    • kennings: anglo saxon old eng vocab
    • order vs chaos
    • comiatus
    • values fam/comm
    • leadership
  18. shanahmeh key words
    • story of alex the great
    • mirror lit (for leaders)
    • hero, leadersihp, fam, ppl
    • palace of topaz
    • he is passionate ab expanding his empire
  19. city of ladies key words
    • begins w/ frame narrative
    • narrates hist of women who contributed to society
    • women on = ground as men
    • telling of women goes from bad to good
  20. medieval lyrics key words
    • vivid imagery (point out)
    • alld eal w/ loss
    • written to or written about object of love
    • growing through muse, elevation, inspiration, improve craft of poetry
    • fin' amour (courtly love)
    • donna angelica - lady on pedestal
  21. inferno key words
    • contra passo - sin is a continuation of itself as punishment
    • is in tertz rima
    • sin is worse if it harms soul rather than people, and the +#
    • hell gets colder
Card Set
Lit 201 Test 2
medieval lit