ballad a dramatic chronological story-poem. bathos overstatement, excessive emotion, or anticlimax that stresses loss, sentiment, or tragedy to the point of creating humor or melodrama. beast fable an amoral animal story or allegorical satire that features nonhuman characters in a comic action to reveal a character fault or weakness. belles lettres elegant writing. blank verse an unrhymed pattern of short and long beats into a five-beat line (- '/ - '/- '/- '/- '/). cacophony an arrangement of harsh or grating sounds to annoy or create conflict or tension. cadence a unified arrangement of phrases or sounds into a pattern. caesura a pause or interruption in a line of verse. canon
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