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Caesura

pause somewhere in the middle of a verse, often marked by punctuation

Canon

works considered most important in a national literature or period; works widely read and studied

Caricature

grotesque likeness of striking qualities in persons and things

Carpe Diem

literally, seize the day, a phrase applicable to many lyric poems advocating lustful living

Catharsis

in classical tragedy, the purging of pity and fear experienced by the audience at the end of the play

Classic

highly regarded work of literature or other art form that has withstood the test of time

Classical, Classicism

deriving from the orderly qualities of ancient Greek and Roman culture; implies formality, objectivity, simplicity, and restraint

Climax

point toward which the action of a plot builds as the conflicts become increasingly intense or complex; the turning point

Coming-of-age-story

tale in which a young protagonist experiences a introduction to adulthood

Conceit

highly imaginative, often startling, figure of speech drawing an analogy between two unlike things in an ingenious way

Connotation

associations that attach themselves to many words, deeply affecting their literal meanings

Couplet

two rhymed lines of poetry

Denotation

literal dictionary meaning of a word

Dénouement

the “untying”; the resolution of the conflicts following the climax of a plot

Deus ex Machina

the use of an artificial device or gimmick to solve a problem

Diction

words chosen in writing or speaking

Dionysian

word refers to sensual, pleasure seeking imulses

Dramatic Irony

circumstance in which the audience or reader knows more about the situation than the charicter

Elegy

poem commemorating someone’s death but usually encompassing a
larger issue as well

Ellipsis

three periods, the omisiision of words in a qutation

Elliptical Construction

sentence containing a deliberate omission of words

Empathy

emotional identification that a reader or an audience feels with a character

End-stopped

term that describes a line of poetry that ends with a natural pause often indicated by a mark of puctuation

Enjambment

the use of successive lines with no punctuation between them

Consonace

repetition of the same consonant sounds preceded by different vowel sounds