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couplet
two rhyming lines of the same number of syllables with matching cadence
dactyl
foot with 3 syllables (one stressed, 2 short), like a waltz
denotation
dictionary definition
denouement
outcome/clarification, winding down from climax to ending
deus ex machina
when gods intervene at story's end (cop-out ending)
diction
choice of style, words chosen for a particular effect
didactic
short piece of lit to teach/moralize
distortion
exaggeration/stretching of truth to achieve a desired effect
enjambment
continuing a sentence into the next line w/o a period or pause
epigram
short, clever poem with a witty turn of thought
epigraph
brief qutoation at the beginning of a book, reflective of theme
epiphany
sudden realization
hyperbole
exaggeration
iambic pentameter
5 foot, unaccented, accented
in media res
in the middle of the story
interior monologue
reveals unspoken thoughts and feelings
epistolary novel
a novel written by 1 or more charactors
euphony
pleasant/harmonious sound of a word or group of words
farce
comedy that uses exaggeration/improbable situations
figurative language
figures of speech
flat character
1-d character, stereotype
free verse
no regular rhythm or rhyme
heroic couplet
couplet in iambic pentameter
hubris
arrogance/pride