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Commitatus
heroic and kinship values, royal generosity, blood vengeance is a sacred duty

relationship between king and his subjects
Litotes
ironic understatement
*kirthi is somewhat dark
Kenning
hyphenated combination of two words to substitute for a third

*sky-candle (stars)
Alliteration
several words all starting with same sound
Metonymy
action is replaced by something close to the subject
*white house issued a statement
Synechdoche
part replaces the whole or a whole replaces the part
*hired hands
Caesura
pause
Epithet
descriptive phrase added to name
Jane the Hungry
Estates Satire
representatives fo various classes are portrayed with satiric emphasis on their vices unique to their stations in life
Romance
usually long/serious, often poetry; based on allegedly-true history presented by reliable authority; concerned with aristocrats, conveys ideal image of life
Fabliaux
brief comic tale, in verse, low/obscene humor; simple straightforward style, working-class characters; exaggerated
Exemplum
brief anecdote used in preaching to illustrate moral
(The Pardoner's Tale)
Beast-Fable
short story with moral; characters are talking animals
(The Nun's Priest's Tale)
Literary Confession
dramatic monlogue; explains/defends sinful ways
(Wife of Bath's Tale)
Palinode
conclusion, where author distances self from an element of the work; retraction
Elegy
lyric poem, no specific rhyme scheme or meter

response to the death of a greatly loved person
Sentimentalism
feelings > thinking
passiong > reason

personal instincts of pity, tenderness, benevolence > social duties
Evangelicalism
common ppl are warned that they are all sinners and damned unless they accept salvation through faith
Solipsism
one's own consciousness cannot know anything beyond its own content
Atavism
regression to more primitive state (Lord of the Flies)