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company of singers
CHORUS
first incident that creates conflict
COMPLICATING INCIDENT
element that creates a new situation
COMPLICATION
an accepted way of doing something
CONVENTION
when opposing forces are brought into intense struggle
CRISIS
something that happens; a single event
INCIDENT
passing judgement on a work
CRITICISM
when story starts in the middle of the action
IN MEDIA RES
exact definition of a word
DENOTATION
opposite than expected; when audience knows something that the character does not
IRONY
conversation between characters in a literary work
DIALOGUE
immediately follows climax; fortune of protagonist reverses
DRAMATIC REVERSE
story instances are plausible; time, place, and plot are all in unity
DRAMATIC UNITIES
short speech to audience at the end of a play or novel
EPILOGUE
expressing one thing in terms of another
FIGURATIVE
speech by actor when alone; informs audience
SOLILOQUY
center around which author organizes his material
FOCUS
succession of short sharp single-line speeches in dialogue
STICHOMYTHY
character that, through contrast, emphasizes another character
FOIL
one story that is basic but another story develops from it
FRAME STORY
poetry that tells a story
NARRATIVE POETRY
long narrative poem which, in dignified and elevated style, tells of the mighty deeds of a great hero
EPIC
mimics the style of an epic, but deals with a trivial subject
MOCK EPIC
form of narrative poetry which was intended to be sung by several people
FOLK/POPULAR BALLAD
imitation of folk ballad done by one author
LITERARY BALLAD
long narrative poem of medieval times
METRICAL ROMANCE
poetry written in the form of a drama
DRAMATIC POETRY
poetry that express the personal feelings, thoughts, etc of its author(s)
LYRIC POETRY
short, simple, subjective poem which directly and forcefully expresses a single emotion
LYRIC
short lyric poem designed to be sung
SONG
lyric poem that treats a serious subject thoughtfully and emotionally; has dignified style and complex metrical pattern
ODE
merely a story told in verse
METRICAL TALE
14-line lyric poem written in iambic pentameter
SONNET
poem that laments the dead
ELEGY
poem of three 8-line stanzas all rhyming "ababbcbc" and a 4-line "envoi" rhyming "bcbc"
BALLADE
pattern of rhythm in a line of poetry
METER
recurring rise and fall of sounds in a line of poetry
RHYTHM
emphasis given to one or more syllables in a word
ACCENT
portion of a line of poetry, usually consisting of one accented and 1+ unaccented syllables
FOOT
distinguishing of metrical feet in a line of poetry by oral accent or by written marks
SCANSION
novel in which there is much of the supernatural for blood-chilling, spine-tingling effect
GOTHIC NOVEL
metaphorical compound word used in poetry for, or in addition to, the normal name for a person or thing i.e "wave-skimmer" for boat
KENNING
story which is consided to be based on fact, although proof of its truth is unavailable
LEGEND
a story in which interesting details about a place are emphasized, such as its customs or dialect
LOCAL COLOR STORY
term applied to poetry that treats trivial subjects in an epic manner
MOCK-HEROIC
story, usually involving the supernatural, which explains some practice, belief, or natural phenomenon
MYTH
a story of any kind
NARRATIVE
form of Realism where man is considered just another animal governed almost entirely by nature, by physical and chemical impulses
NATURALISM
extended prose fiction is which characters and actions are similar to those of real life
NOVEL
a short novel, usually of less that 40,000 words
NOVELETTE
term applied to attitude that is detached, impersonal, unprejudiced in its approach of a subject
OBJECTIVE
poem written for a special occasion
OCCASIONAL POEM
dealing with shepards or with simple life
PASTORAL
story of a rogue, usually told in first person
PICARESQUE
term applied to the proper operation of justice so that good is rewarded and evil is punished
POETIC JUSTICE
the right of a poet to depart from the normal for purpose of effect
POETIC LICENSE
a brief summary
PRECIS
a play written primarily to delineate some problem of human relationships as they are affected by social laws and customs
PROBLEM PLAY
an introduction to a play, novel, or poem
PROLOGUE
writings that stress "a message" usually at the expense of fact or logic
PROPAGANDA