English Lit Key Terms

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Active Creator
a reader who has individual ideas rather than re-cycling the ideas of others
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allegory
extended metaphor that veils a moral or political underlying meaning
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alliteration
repetition of the initial letter or sound in adjacent words to create an atmospheric or onomatopoeic effect
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allusion
passing reference to another literary work
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ambiguity
capacity of words to have two simultaneous meanings
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ancharonism
chronological misplacing of person, event or object
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analogy
a perception of similarity between two things
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antithesis
contrasting of ideas by balancing words or phrases of opposite meanings
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assonance
repetition of vowel sounds in words in a close proximety
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ballad
narrative poem in short, rhymed verses, usually telling of love, the supernatural or travel
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bathos
sudden change of register from the sublime to the ridiculous
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blank verse
unrhymed iambic pentameter, the staple form of Shakespeare plays
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conceit
an extended similie
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diction
choice of words, vocabulary from a particular semantic field
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epic
long, narrative poem telling a tale of heroic achievements over a period of time
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epistolary
taking the form of letters or exchange of letters
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free verse
poetry without a regular metrical pattern or rhyme
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heroic couplets
iambic pentameter rhymed in pairs; used in epic and mock epic poetry
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extended metaphor that veils a moral or political underlying meaning

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repetition of the initial letter or sound in adjacent words to create an atmospheric or onomatopoeic effect

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passing reference to another literary work

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capacity of words to have two simultaneous meanings

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