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allegory
a narrative in which different elements have one or more symbolic meanings in addition to their literal significance
allusion
a passing reference, often to a literary work
archetype
a model or supreme example
autobiography
an account of a person's life written bt that person
beats, beat generation
a group flourishing in the late 1950's that emphasized mysticisim and rejection of social taboos
blank verse
verse written in unrhymed five-stress lines
Calvinism
a doctrine emphasizing predestination and strict discipline
chronical
a historical record presented in chronological order
colloquial
having to do with ordinary, informal speech
convention
a traditional r accepted way of doing or expressing something
counterculture
opposition to the prevailing culture of the time, specifically referring to the rebellious youth of the 1960's &1970's
dialect
the speech of a particular region or class
diction
the choice of words
dramatic monologue
a poem in the form of a speech by a specific character
ellipsis
an omission, generally of some word or words
epistolary novel
a novel written in the form of letters between the characters, popular in the 18th century
essay
a short prose composition generally on a single topic
feminism
attention to topics and themes of particular concern to women, frequently emphasizing injustices
free verse
verse written without strict meter or rhyme
genteel
overly polite and seeking to avoid any possibly offensive language or topics
grotesque
bizarrely fantastic
hyperbole
overstatementfor dramatic or comic effect
imagery
representation of things or creatures, often for emotional or symbolic effect
imagism
a 20th century shool of poets who believe that the impact of a poem should be conveyed through images
impressionism
the theory that natural objects should be described as they immediately strike the observer without conscious or deliberate selection or elaboration
irony
something that conveys a contradictory meaning in addition to the literal meaning
juxtapose
to place words or images close to one another, frequently for ironic purposes
latinate
derived from laton frequently referring to words that are elaborate and unusual
local color
picturesque and idisyncratic detail about a particular region or location
lost generation
the self-consciously disillusioned generation that came after WWI, in the 1920'2
epistolary novel
a novel written in the form of letters between the characters, popular in the 18th century
essay
a short prose composition generally on a single topic
feminism
attention to topics and themes of particular concern to women, frequently emphasizing injustices
free verse
verse written without strict meter or rhyme
genteel
overly polite and seeking to avoid any possibly offensive language or topics
grotesque
bizarrely fantastic
hyperbole
overstatementfor dramatic or comic effect
imagery
representation of things or creatures, often for emotional or symbolic effect
imagism
a 20th century shool of poets who believe that the impact of a poem should be conveyed through images
impressionism
the theory that natural objects should be described as they immediately strike the observer without conscious or deliberate selection or elaboration
irony
something that conveys a contradictory meaning in addition to the literal meaning
juxtapose
to place words or images close to one another, frequently for ironic purposes
latinate
derived from laton frequently referring to words that are elaborate and unusual
local color
picturesque and idisyncratic detail about a particular region or location
lost generation
the self-consciously disillusioned generation that came after WWI, in the 1920'2
lyricmodernism
a short, song like poem expressing the poet's own thoughts and feelings
metaphor
a figure of speech comparing one object to another
meter
the regular rhythm of a line or poetry
modernism
an international movement, dominating the first half of the 20th century, that rejected tradition, valued experimentation, and emphasized myth and the unconscious mind
narrative
a story, either fictional or true
naturalism
a literary movement that shares with realism its attention to the speech and behavior of the present but that considers people's behavior to be determined by social and ecomonic forces beyond human control
neoclassicism
literary movement particulary important in the 18th century that tried to emulate the standards of classical Greece and Rome, emphasizing reason and decorum
objectivity
the effort on the part of that author to maintain a neutral attitude toward the characters and events portrayed
oral tradition
unwritten lore learned by memory and passed down through generations
orthodox
generally approved or accepted
parable
a story told to illustrate a moral point
persona
the character or personality adopted by the author in narrating a work
propaganda
a work whose primary purpose is to put forth a specific point of view
pun
a play on words that sound alike or nearly alike but have different meanings
Puritanism
a religious movement of tha 16th century that sought to purify the church of england the term is frequently used to refer to a`strictly, even rigid moral code