Brit. Lit Quiz 1

  1. sublime
    • 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.
  2. lyric
    a poem written from the point of view of a speaker, and which explores emotional, psychological, or philosophical ideas
  3. Ballad
    popular verse form, usually telling a story, with regular rhyme and frequent repetition
  4. allegory
    a story in which two (or more) levels of meaning exist: a literal, surface meaning and another, “under the surface” meaning.
  5. ode
    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.
  6. sonnet
    A lyric poem consisting of fourteen lines, usually in iambic pentameter, with a varying rhyme scheme.
  7. 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.
  8. synaesthetic
    • words that describe a cross of senses 
    • ex. hearing colors
  9. Ekphrasis
    A verbal description of, or meditation upon, a non-verbal work of art, real or imagined, usually a painting or sculpture.
  10. 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
  11. solipsism
    retreat into self to the point that nothing else exists
  12. point of view
    perspective from which a narrative is told and dictates the information we receive
  13. Frame narrative
    preliminary story within which other stories exist
  14. Gothic fiction
    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
  15. “Petrarchan” sonnet
    • 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
  16. Dramatic monologue
    • 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.
  17. Fin de Siècle
    • French; literally, “end of the century”
    • C. 1880s-1900
    • Victorian artistic and social values waning
  18. Aestheticism
    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.
  19. Farce
    A play in which physical comedy, exaggerated details and characters, and overly complicated plotting combine to create an absurd comic world.
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