lit. terms

  1. fireside poets
    were a group of 19th-century American poets from New England
  2. romantic hero
    literary archetype referring to a character that rejects established norms and conventions, has been rejected by society, and has the self as the center of his or her own existence.
  3. archetype
    an original model of a person, ideal example, or a prototype upon which others are copied, patterned, or emulated; a symbol universally recognized by all. In psychology, an archetype is a model of a person, personality, or behavior
  4. comic device
    spoken phrase can be understood in either of two ways. The first, literal meaning is an innocent one, while the second meaning is often ironic or risqué and requires the hearer to have some additional knowledge
  5. elegy
    mournful, melancholic or plaintive poem, especially a funeral song or a lament for the dead
  6. assonance
    refrain of vowel sounds to create internal rhyming within phrases or sentences, and together with alliteration and consonance serves as one of the building blocks of verse
  7. alliteration
    repetition of a consonant in any syllables that, according to the poem's meter, are stressed as if they occurred at the beginning of a word, as in James Thomson's verse "Come…dragging the lazy languid Line along"
  8. meter
    basic rhythmic structure of a verse or lines in verse.
  9. hyperbole
    rhetorical device in which statements are exaggerated
  10. understatement
    form of speech which contains an expression of less strength than would be expected
  11. paradox
    true statement or group of statements that leads to a contradiction or a situation which defies intuition
  12. oxymoron
    a figure of speech that combines normally-contradictory terms
  13. slant rhyme
    is consonance on the final consonants of the words involved
  14. symbol
    something such as an object, picture, written word, sound, or particular mark that represents something else by association, resemblance, or convention
  15. synesthesia
    is a neurologically-based condition in which stimulation of one sensory or cognitive pathway leads to automatic, involuntary experiences in a second sensory or cognitive pathway
  16. tall tale
    with unbelievable elements, related as if it were true and factual
  17. gothic
    a British literary genre
  18. folklore
    consists of culture, including stories, music, dance, legends, oral history, proverbs, jokes, popular beliefs, customs and so forth within a particular population comprising the traditions (including oral traditions) of that culture, subculture, or group
  19. folk tale
    an English language term for a type of short narrative corresponding to the French phrase conte de fée, the German term Märchen, the Italian fiaba, the Polish baśń or the Swedish saga
  20. urban legend
    a form of modern folklore consisting of apocryphal stories believed by their tellers to be true
  21. protagonist
    is the main character (the central or primary personal figure) of a literary, theatrical, cinematic, or musical narrative, around whom the events of the narrative's plot revolve and with whom the audience is intended to share the most empathy
  22. personification
    an ontological metaphor in which a thing or abstraction is represented as a person
  23. parable
    is a brief, succinct story, in prose or verse, that illustrates a moral or religious lesson. It differs from a fable in that fables use animals, plants, inanimate objects, and forces of nature as characters, while parables generally feature human characters. It is a type of analogy
  24. myth
    often used colloquially to refer to a false story
  25. dark romantics
    literary subgenre that emerged from the Transcendental philosophical movement popular in nineteenth-century America
  26. allegory
    a figurative mode of representation conveying meaning other than the literal
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