Glossary of Poetic and Literary Terms

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Glossary of Poetic and Literary Terms Affective Fallacy - a proposition in literary criticism that a poem should be analyzed and described in terms of its own internal structure and not in terms of the emotional response it arouses in the reader. Alliteration & Assonance – The grouping of words with the same initial consonant or vowel sounds Ambiguity / Irony / Paradox / Opposition – an opening of language created by the writer to allow for multiple meanings Apostrophe – a figure of speech in which a writer directly addresses an object or a dead or absent person as if the imagined audience were actually listening Archetype – in literature and mythology, a recurring idea, symbol, motif, character, or place. To some scholars and psychologists, an archetype represents universal human thought-patterns or experiences Beat Poets - numerous U.S. poets concentrated in California in the 1950s and noted chiefly for their rejection of poetic as well as social conventions, exemplified through experimental, often informal phrasing and diction and formless verse that attempts to capture spontaneity of thought and feeling. Blank Verse – unrhymed lines written in iambic pentameter introduced to English by surrey in his translation of parts of virgils Aeneid in 1647 Caesura – a pause or break in a line of verse occurring where a phrase, clause, or sentence ends, and indicated in scansion by the mark //. If it occurs in the middle of the line it is known as a “medical” caesura.
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Carpe Diem – Latin (from Horace) meaning “sieze the day; enjoy the moment”; it is common theme in Renaissance love poetry.
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