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Elements of Poetry /Prosody

Rhythm A musical quality produced by the repetition of stressed and unstressed syllables. A number of grammatical elements like rhymes, rhyme schemes, alliteration, consonance etc. together constitutes rhythm. Rhyme Repetition of similar sounds in two or more words. Metre The pattern of measured sound-units recurring more or less regularly in lines of verse. Quantitative metre…

AP Lit Vocab

Accentual Verse Verse whose meter is determined by the number of stressed (accented) syllables—regardless of the total number of syllables—in each line. Many Old English poems, including Beowulf, are accentual; see Ezra Pound’s modern translation of “The Seafarer.” More recently, Richard Wilbur employed this same Anglo-Saxon meter in his poem “Junk.” Traditional nursery rhymes, such…

Poetry: Forms and Types

Acrostic A poem in which the first letter of each line spells out a word, name, or phrase when read vertically. See Lewis Carroll’s “A Boat beneath a Sunny Sky.” Alexandrine In English, a 12-syllable iambic line adapted from French heroic verse. The last line of each stanza in Thomas Hardy’s “The Convergence of the…

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Literary Studies Vocabulary Unit 2: Poetry

stanza a section of a poem, marked by extra line spacing, that often has a single pattern and/or rhyme Example: Edwin Arlington Robinson’s poem “Richard Coy” has four stanzas. auditor an imaginary listener within a literary work as opposed to the actual reader or audience outside the work Example: The auditor of Lydia Davis’s “Head,…

NAQT Literature Frequency list 1-300

Hamlet (William) Shakespeare The Tempest (William) Shakespeare Macbeth (William) Shakespeare Iliad Homer Pride and Prejudice (Jane) Austen Moby-Dick (Herman) Melville The Great Gatsby (F. Scott) Fitzgerald Paradise Lost (John) Milton Faust (Johann Wolfgang von) Goethe King Lear (William) Shakespeare The Merchant of Venice (William) Shakespeare 1984 (George) Orwell A Midsummer Night’s Dream (William) Shakespeare The…

GRE Literature Subject test – literary terms

kenning A device employed in Anglo-Saxon poetry in which the name of a thing is replaced by one of its functions or qualities, as in “ring-giver” for king and “whale-road” for ocean. appositive A noun or a pronoun placed beside another noun or pronoun to identify or describe it. variation use of parallel and appositive…

Poetry Terms for AP Literature

Allegory A form of extended metaphor in which objects and persons in a narrative (prose or verse) are equated with meanings that lie outside the narrative itself. Example: Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene Alliteration The recurrence of initial consonant sounds. The repetition is usually limited to 2 words. Example: “Ah, what a delicious day!” This…

English Literature: Timeline Events

Old English (Anglo-Saxon) Period Express religious faith and give moral instruction through literature; Early English epic poems such as Beowulf, The Wanderer and The Seafarer Elizabethan Age Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night”, “Much Ado about Nothing” and “Richard III” Marlowe’s “Tamburlaine the Great”, “Dr. Faustus”, “The Jew of Malta”, and “edward II” Spencer’s “The Faerie Queene” Jacobean…

The Norton Anthology literary terms

accent (synonym “stress”): a term of rhythm. The special force devoted to the voicing of one syllable in a word over others. In the noun “accent,” for example, the accent, or stress, is on the first syllable. act The major subdivision of a play, usually divided into scenes. aesthetics (from Greek, “to feel, apprehend by…

Introduction to Literature

allegory A symbolic fictional narrative that conveys a meaning not explicitly set forth in the narrative. Allegories typically describe situations and events or express abstract ideas in terms of material objects, persons, and actions. example: George Orwell’s novel Animal Farm (1945), which, under the guise of a fable about domestic animals, expresses the author’s disillusionment…

6th Grade 7th Grade A Christmas Carol A Farewell to Arms A Hunger Artist A Lesson Before Dying African Religions and Philosophy Aint I a Woman Black Women and Feminism All Quiet On the Western Front Animal Dreams Bad Boy a Memoir Black Dog of Fate Bound Feet and Western Dress Burial Rites Catching Fire Changing My Mind Occasional Claude Mckay Poems Complete Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway Confessions Cry the Beloved Country Discipline and Punish the Birth Of the Prison Don Quixote Book I Don Quixote Book II Donne Poems Doubt a Parable Dr Faustus Empire Falls Enders Game Fanny Hill Fear Of Flying For Whom the Bell Tolls Funny Boy Girl in Translation Heart Of Darkness In Love and Trouble Stories of Black Women Invisible Monsters Jonathan Swift Poems Keats Poems and Letters Literature Lolita Mark Twain Moby Dick Mrs Dalloway Poes Poetry Poes Short Stories Prometheus Pygmalion Ross Gay Poetry Rudyard Kipling Poems Short Stories of F Scott Fitzgerald Short Stories Of William Faulkner Short Tales of Joseph Conrad Sir Gawain and the Green Knight The Awakening The Book Thief The Canterbury Tales The Complete Poems of William Blake The Haunting Of Hill House The Jungle Book The Love Song Of J alfred Prufrock The Poetry of Li Young Lee The Poetry Of Robert Penn Warren The Rime of the Ancient Mariner The Romance Of Tristan The Satanic Verses The Sound and the Fury The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down The Sun also Rises Thirteen Reasons Why To Build a Fire To His Mistress Going To Bed Elegy 19 Treasure Island Ts Eliot Poems Twelve Years a Slave Uncle Toms Children W H auden Poems Waiting for Godot Walt Whitman Poems Wuthering Heights
GRE Literature Supplement 2

The Castle of Otranto Horace Walpole, 1765 (Enlightenment) C LIST A Vindication of the Rights of Woman Mary Wollstonecraft, 1792 (Early Romantic) D LIST The Monk M.G. Lewis, 1796 (Early Romantic) C LIST Gothic Novel. Songs of Innocence William Blake, 1789 (Enlightenment) C LIST Songs of Experience William Blake, 1789 (Enlightenment) C LIST “Marriage of…

A Farewell to Arms A Modest Proposal and Other Stories A New England Nun A Raisin in the Sun A White Heron A. E. Housman Poems Absalom Absalom All Quiet On the Western Front Andrew Marvell Poems Animal Dreams Autobiography of My Mother Bartleby the Scrivener Beauty and the Beast and Other Tales Best Worst American Stories Bound Feet and Western Dress Burial Rites Charlotte Perkins Gilman Poems Charlotte Temple Christina Rossetti Poems Chronicle Of a Death foretold Complete Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway Cry the Beloved Country Dead Souls Death Of a Salesman Donne Poems Doubt a Parable Dracula East Of Eden Empire Falls Equus Ezra Pound Poems Fanny Hill Fear Of Flying Girl in Translation Heart Of Darkness House Of Mirth I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings In Love and Trouble Stories of Black Women Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl Inferno Jonathan Swift Poems Jorge Borges Short Stories Jorge Luis Borges Poetry Keats Poems and Letters Last Of the Mohicans Leaves Of Grass Letters From an american Farmer Literature Lolita Mark Twain Mary Oliver Poetry Maya Angelou Poems Metamorphoses Moby Dick Mrs Dalloway On Liberty Parable Of the Sower Paradise Lost Prometheus Rear Window Rebuttal Second Treatise of Government Short Stories of F Scott Fitzgerald Short Stories Of William Faulkner Short Tales of Joseph Conrad Song of Solomon The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn The adventures Of Tom Sawyer The Aeneid The Awakening The Bean Eaters The Book Of the City Of Ladies The Catcher in the Rye The Complete Poems of William Blake The Epic of Gilgamesh The Fault in Our Stars The House Of the Seven Gables The Love Song Of J alfred Prufrock The Most Dangerous Game The Poems Of Billy Collins The Poems of Ted Hughes The Poetry of Li Young Lee The Poetry Of Robert Penn Warren The School for Scandal The Souls of Black Folk The Sound and the Fury The Stranger The Sun also Rises The Yellow Wallpaper Thomas Gray Poems Thomas Hardy Poems To His Mistress Going To Bed Elegy 19 Ts Eliot Poems Twelve Years a Slave Uncle Toms Children Utilitarianism W H auden Poems Wallace Stevens Poems Walt Whitman Poems William Carlos Williams Poems William Dean Howells Short Stories Woman of Colour Novel Wuthering Heights
Poet’s Poet

“Spenser..has always been felt by his countrymen to be what Charles Lamb called him, the `Poet’s Poet’. He has had more idolatry and imitation from his brethren than all the rest put together.” (Hunt, L, 1845:75). Sharing Hunt’s view, we certainly believe his assertion is beyond dispute. Born in London in 1552, Edmund Spenser is…

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