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What is an Allegory?
A Written piece in which ideas or morals are represented by individiual characters or things.
What is an Allusion?
A reference within an artisitic work to another artisitic work.
What is an Antagonist?
In a literary work, the character whose actions oppose that of the hero (protagonist).
What is a Ballad?
A story-poem, often sung aloud.
What was the Beat Movement?
A group of American poets and artists whose expressions of alienation in the 1950's became a calling card of the underground.
What is a blank verse?
Non-rhyming verse consisting of 10-syllable lines.
What is a canto?
A subdivision of an epic poem.
Define Classicism.
Artistic or literary movement which is essentially based on the Ancient Greeks or Romans.
What is the Climax of a story?
The point in any story when the action reaches its zenith.
What is a Couplet?
Two rhyming lines of poetry in succession, most often of a similar or like meter.
What is an denouement?
The conclusion or resolution following the climax of a story.
What is an Elegy?
A poem of rememberence.
What is Existentialism?
French philisophical idea that acknowledges that the individual lives in an indifferent world and must take responsibility for one's own choices.
What is a fable?
An allegorical story often employing animals as characters.
What does genre mean?
A category of work within art or letters, usually of a distinctive style.
What is a Haiku?
A Japanese poem containing three lines and 17 syllables in a structured order (five-seven-five).
What does irony mean?
A literary style in which a situation is shown with the intent of representing its opposite.
What was the Lost Generation?
A group of expatriate writers and artist in Paris in the 1920's centered around Gertrude Stein.
What is a metaphor?
The comparision of two things in which one item represents another.
What is Modernism?
High intellectual movement whose goal was the examination of pure art.
What is a motif?
A recurring element or theme in an artistic work.
What is an Ode?
A lyric poem of rigidly structured stanzas.
What is a parable?
A story depicting a message of a moral or religious nature.
What does pathos mean?
Evoking pity in a literary work.
What is Realism?
An artistic and literary style in which society and events are depicted as they appear in real life.
What was the period of Restoration?
The period of intensely active literary and artistic activity in England between 1660-1688 when Charles II returned to the throne.
What was the Romantic Movement?
Predominately English movement in the 19th century whose basic belief was that passion should supercede logic and whose main opposite was Classicism.
What is a satire?
A literary work in which, through the use of irony, sarcasm and wit, the absurd in humanity is brought to light.
What is a sonnet?
A verse of 14 lines and written in one of several rhyme schemes.
What is a stanza?
One division within a poem, usually of commonly metered verse.
What is Stream of Consciousness?
A literary device in which a character;s thoughts emerge on the page as they occur.
What is Transcendentalism?
American movement in which insight and experience took precedence over logic and reason and which held the belief that all things coexist in nature.
What was the Victorian Age?
Nineteeth-century England, considered the highest of the British industrial revolution and the apex of the British Empire. Characterized by rigid social manners and conservativism.