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24.Complication: An intensification of the conflict in astory or play. It builds up, accumulates, anddevelops the central conflict in a literary work.25.Conceit: A far-fetched simile or metaphor, aliterary conceit occurs when the speakercompares two highly dissimilar things.26.Concrete Poetry: A poem that visually resemblessomething found in the physical world.27.Conflict: A struggle between opposing forces in astory or play, usually resolved by the end of thework.28.Connotation: The associations called up by a wordthat goes beyond its dictionary meaning. 29.Consonance: The repetition of consonant soundswith differing vowel sounds in words neareach other in a line or lines of poetry.30.Convention: A customary feature of a literary work,such as the use of a chorus in a Greek tragedy, theinclusion of an explicit moral in a fable, or the use ofa particular rhyme scheme in a villanelle.31.Couplet: A pair of rhymed lines that may or may notconstitute a separate stanza in a poem.32.Dactyl: A stressed syllable followed by twounstressed ones (blueberry).33.Denotation: The dictionary meaning of a word. 34.Denouement: The resolution of the plot of a literarywork. 35.Deus ex machina: A God who resolves theentanglements of a play through supernaturalintervention.36.Dialogue: The conversation of characters in a literarywork. 37.Diction: The selection of words in a literary work. 38.Didactic Literature: Literature designed explicitlyto instruct39.Dramatic Monologue: A type of poem in which thespeaker addresses a silent listener. 40.Dramatis personae: Latin for the characters orpersons in a play. 41.Elegy: A lyric poem that laments the dead.
42.Elision: The removal of an unstressed vowel orsyllable to preserve the meter of a line of poetry.43.Enjambment: A run-on line of poetry in whichlogical and grammatical sense carries over from oneline intot he next. 44.Epic: A long narrative poem that records theadventures of a hero. They typically chronicle theoroigins of a civilization and embody its centralvalues. 45.Epigram: A brief, witty poem, often satirical.46.Epigraph: A brief quotation which appears at thebeginning of a literary work47.Epithet: In literature, a word of phrase preceding or following a name which serves to describe the character.48.Exposition: The first stage of fictional or dramaticplot, in which necessary background information isgiven.49.Euphemism: A mild word of phrase which substitutes for another which would be undesirable because it is too direct, unpleasant, or offensive.50.Fable: A brief story with an explicit moral providedby the author. They typically include animals ascharacters. 51.Falling Action: The action following the climax ofthe work that moves it toward its denouement or itsresolution.