- refers to any experience that is awe-inspiring and terrifying in equal measure.
- stems from our experience of something vaster or more powerful than ourselves: the natural world, religious experience, etc.
- exceeds, or lies beyond, our human capacity for understanding.
a poem written from the point of view of a speaker, and which explores emotional, psychological, or philosophical ideas
popular verse form, usually telling a story, with regular rhyme and frequent repetition
a story in which two (or more) levels of meaning exist: a literal, surface meaning and another, “under the surface” meaning.
A lyric poem in an elevated style on a serious subject, often celebrating a special event or extolling the qualities of some person, deity, or abstract entity.
A lyric poem consisting of fourteen lines, usually in iambic pentameter, with a varying rhyme scheme.
Apostrophe (what work is it used in?)
a figure of speech in which a writer directly addresses an object – or a dead or absent person – as if the imagined audience were actually listening.
- words that describe a cross of senses
- ex. hearing colors
A verbal description of, or meditation upon, a non-verbal work of art, real or imagined, usually a painting or sculpture.
The Romantic Hero
- An outsider figure, who rejects established norms and is often spurned by society.
- Romantic self is the center of his or her own moral, intellectual, artistic world
retreat into self to the point that nothing else exists
point of view
perspective from which a narrative is told and dictates the information we receive
preliminary story within which other stories exist
refers to fiction that aims to both please and terrify the reader through a set of spine tingling conventions: like mystery or horror text, with settings of castles, and supernatural occurances
- Browning sonnets known as this because of content (love poems) and style (rhyme scheme)
- First part, the “octave,” introduces a theme or problem
- Second part, the “sestet,” resolves that theme or problem
- Lyric poem
- Poem consists of a single speech by a speaker who isn’t the poet
- Speaker usually addresses other people
- Speech often happens at a dramatic moment to reveal the speaker’s character and temperament.
Fin de Siècle
- French; literally, “end of the century”
- C. 1880s-1900
- Victorian artistic and social values waning
The belief that art and morality occupy separate spheres; art was not responsible for presenting an ideal, socially and morally progressive view of the world.
A play in which physical comedy, exaggerated details and characters, and overly complicated plotting combine to create an absurd comic world.