LITA1C Glossary

A device where characters or events symbolise ideas or concepts.
Allegory
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('hidden away') - texts, especially religous texts, that are not considered to be part of the Biblical canon.
Apocrypha
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A brief curt statement presented in a laconic (brief, concise way)
Aphoristic
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A natural pause in a line of verse, often found in the middle of a line in English.
Caesura
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A term from drama that means 'cleansing' or 'purging'.
Cathartic
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An extended metaphor that gets more extreme or unusual as it progresses, but at the same time more effective or more impressive.
Conceit
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Poetry that is in iambic pentameter but not rhymed at the end of the line.
Blank verse
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Poetry that has a very complex and varied set of rhythmical qualities, which cannot be said to have a regular metre.
Free verse
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A natural pause in a line of verse.
Caesura
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The writer reduces the lengths of her statements until the final statement is very short
Clause-length diminution
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When a line of poetry continues on to the next line, or cannot make sense unless we read the next line.
Enjambment
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Passing.
Ephemeral
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Temporary.
Transient
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Disappearing.
Evanescent
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A traditional folk story aiming to teach a lesson.
Fable
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A feminist concept indicating that a true understanding of history is impossible because it is so male-dominated and therefore a female history ought to be written to make up for it.
Herstory
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A study that uses broad concepts (the nature of being, the universe and existence) to help define reality and our understanding of it
Metaphysical
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Transformation
Metamorphosis
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A set of images, events or ideas that convey a very particular emotion.
Objective correlative
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Deep emotion or sympathy.
Pathos
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Persona.
The character speaking in a poem.
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A pair of lines that rhyme fully at the end.
Rhyming couplet
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('hidden away') - texts, especially religous texts, that are not considered to be part of the Biblical canon.

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Apocrypha

Card 3

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A brief curt statement presented in a laconic (brief, concise way)

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Card 4

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A natural pause in a line of verse, often found in the middle of a line in English.

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Card 5

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A term from drama that means 'cleansing' or 'purging'.

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