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hubris
excessive pride or ambition that leads to the main characters downfall
hyperbole
exaggerated overstatement
"in the midst of things"
in medias res
writing that records the mental talking that goes on inside a character's head
interior monologue
switching the customary order of elements of a word or phrase
inversion
statement that means the opposite of what it's supposed to mean
irony
a poem of sadness or grief over death of a loved one
lament
a satire
lampoon
complete before its end
loose sentance
not grammatically complete until it has reached its final phrase.
periodic sentance
poetry that explores the poet's personal interpretation of and feelings about the world.
lyric
rhyme ending on the final stressed syllable
masculine rhyme
form of cheesy theater in which hero is very good and villian mean.
melodrama
object represents an idea
metonym
main characters arch rival
nemesis
word invented on the spot
neologism
impersonal or outside view of events
objectivity
uses interior or personal veiw of a single observer
subjectivity
words that sounds like what they mean
onomatopoeia
phrase composed of opposites;contradiction
paradox
repeated syntactical similarities
parallelism
phrase set off by commas that interrupts the flow of the sentace
parenthetical phrase
work that results when a specific work is exaggerated to ridiculousness
parody
poem set in nature
pastoral
narrator in a non first-person novel
persona
poem expressing sorrow
plaint
third person narrator who sees all
omniscient narrator
third person narrator who generally reporst only what one character thinks
limited omniscient narrator
only reports on what would be visible to the camera
objective
narrator who is a character in the story tells the take from his or her point of veiw
first person narrator
first person narration but author places reader inside the main characters head
stream of consciouness
intro poem to longer work of verse
prelude
humerous use of a word that suggests two or more meanings
pun
a line or set of lines repeated several times over the course of the poem
refrain
a song or prayer for the dead
requiem
passionate verse of love
rhapsody
question that suggest the answer
rhetorical question
expresses character flaws to the cold light of humor
satire
speech spoken by a character alone on stage
solilquay
group of lines roungly analogous in function in verse
stanza
cliched character types
stock
demand of theater audience to accept the limitations of staging and supplying details with their imagination
suspension of disbelief
object represents an idea
symbolism
authors choice of words
syntax
main position of an argument
thesis
weakness of character that leads to his demise
tragic flaw
a grotesque parody
travesty
way to obvious truth
truism
first person narrator is crazy, a liar, very young, or not crediable
unreliable narrator
an idealized place
utopia
use of word to modify two or more words but used for different meanings
zeugma