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Euphemism A mild or less negative usage for a harsh or blunt term; i.e. "pass away" instead of "die" Euphony A succession of harmonious sounds used in poetry or prose; the opposite of cacophony; Pleasing, harmonious sounds Existentialism A philosophy that values human freedom and personal responsibility Fabliau A humorous tale (often sly, bawdy satire) popular in medieval France. The conventional verse form of the fabliau was the eight-syllable couplet. Farce A type of comedy in which one-dimensional characters are put into ludicrous situations; ordinary standards of probability and motivation are freely violated in order to evoke laughter Foil A secondary character whose purpose is to highlight the characteristics of a main character, usually by contrast. Foot The basic rhythmic unit of a line of poetry, formed by a combination of two or three syllables, either stressed or unstressed. Framed Story Employs a narrative technique whereby an introductory main story is composed, at least in part,

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