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Ontological Criticism
A concern by a critic with analysis of a work itself without seeking answers to problems in the biography or milieu of the author or in influences upon him/her
parable
a story in which the author intends that the reader will relate the events of the sotry to some moral or spiritual truth
paradox
a statement that seems absurd or self-contradictory, but which turns out to have an acceptable and often profound meaning
parody
a satirical imitation of a work for the purpose of ridiculing its style and subject
pastoral
a work of literature dealing with rural life
pathos
the element of literature which stimulates pity or sorrow
plurisignation
a kind of ambiguity in literature resulting for a series of images invoking streams of thought
point of view
the view whtere the reader gets the story from
protagonist
the chief character in a work of literature
realism
the depiction of people, things, and experience as it is believe they really are without idealization or exaggeration
renaissance
the period between the medieval and the modern world
rhetoric
the language of a work and its style
romanticism
the depiction of idealized, fabulous, or fantastic characters and events
sarcasm
a sharp caustic expression or remark
sentiment
refined and tender emotion in lieterature
stream of consciousness
refers to the attempt on the part of an author to reproduce the unembellished flow of thoughts in the human mind with its feelings, judgments, associations, and memories
surrealism
an attempts to reproduce and interpret the vision sand images of the unconscious mind as manifested in dreams
symbolism
a concreate representation of an abstract idea
tension
inclusion in poetry of abstract and concrete meaning
tone
the characteristic of emotion that pervades a work or part of a work
transcendentalism
a form of romanticism, largely of a philosophical nature
travesty
a literary work that aims to arouse laughter by a ludicrous or grotesque imitation of a serious work
trope
words used with a decided chage of extension in their literal meaning
versimilitude
similar to truth; the quality of realism in a work which persuades the reader that he/she is getting a vision of life as it is.
wit
the quickness of intellect and the power and talent for saying brilliant things that surprise and delight by their unexpectedness