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Allegory
A story, poem, or play in the allegorical mode (which the author embodies abstract or spiritual realities in a concrete and physical story)
Alliteration
the repetition of the initial sound of words in a line or lines of verse. When the first consonant sound in a word is repeated form word to word.
Courtly Love
a sub-genre of medieval lyric poetry that deals with the topic of courtly love. Content: Love, especially an emotional expression of courtly love, in which the noble lover vows to serve his lady and
pleads for her love, or complains of her coldness.
Epic Poem
a long narrative poem, written in a grave and lofty style, which relates significant events in the life of a great hero, a nation, or even all of humanity, and expresses the central beliefs and values of an entire culture.
Irony
a kind of artistic contrast that occurs when things should match but don’t, or when they are exactly the opposite
of what is intended or expected.
Lyric Poems
In ancient Greece and Rome, a poem written to be accompanied by the music of a lyre, 2) a poem that
has the form and (or) musical quality of a song, being written to be sung or accompanied by music, 3) a short poem expressing the thoughts and feelings of a speaker, 4) some combination of the second and third elements.
Personification
a literary device whereby human attributes are given to something nonhuman, such as animals, objects, or abstract qualities
Plot
the arrangement of events in a story such that they have a beginning, middle, and end. The basic
questions to ask are what triggers the story, what concludes it, and what happens in-between.
Satire
A story, poem, or play in the satirical mode, a mode in which the purpose is to expose, through ridicule or rebuke, human vice or folly
Simile
a device of imagery that uses comparison words such as like, as, or more than, to explicitly show the reader that an object is being presented as an image that shares some of that object’s qualities.
What to Look For: look for like or as being used in a comparison between two unlike objects
Symbolism
a literary technique whereby the author represents things through symbols, often to the extent that the symbols form sets or systems which become part of the story or poem’s narrative structure and a primary means of communicating themes.
What to Look For: Rather than isolated symbols here and there, symbolism refers to pervasive use of symbols in a story, so when symbols appear everywhere, that indicates symbolism.
Metaphor
a device of imagery that identifies an object in reality with an image, though it is understood that the object is not actually the image.