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unacknowledged references and quotations which authors make while assuming that readers will recognize the original sources and their meaning to the new context
allusion
a complete narrative that can also be applied to a parallel set of situations that may be political, moral, religious, or philosophical
allegory
the addressing of a discourse to a real or imagined person who is not present; also a speech to an abstraction
apostrophe
a speech, usually short, delivered to a character by another character or to the audience; the speaker usually reveals his thoughts or plans
aside
a narrative poem composed of quatrains in which lines of iambic tetrameter alternate with iambic trimester, rhyming
ballad
unrhymed iambic pentameter
blank verse
seize the day
carpe diem
Aristotle's concept that tragedy, by arousing pity and fear, regularizes and shapes the emotions, that that therefore tragedy is essential in civilized society
catharsis
the sequence of events in a work
chronology
the act of closing or the state of being closed
closure
a literary genre, songs of merrymakers, smiles and laughter
comedy
words that describe exact conditions or qualities
concrete
two line which may be unified by rhyme
couplet
resolution; final stage in plot development
denouement
in ancient Greek drama, the entrance of a god to unravel problems in a play; today it refers to the artificial and illogical; solution of problems
deus ex machine
a literary contrivance, such as a parallelism or personification, used to achieve a particular effect
device
language characteristics
dialect
the speeches of two or more characters in a play
dialogue
word choice, types of words, and the level of language
diction
intended to instruct
didactic
division into two usually contradictory parts or opinions
dichotomy
a long narrative poem elevation character, speech, and action
epic