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Flashcards - GACE English: Literary Genres

Flashcards - GACE English: Literary Genres
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chorus
A chorus , in the context of Ancient Greek tragedy, comedy, and satyr plays, is a homogeneous, non-individualised group of performers, who comment with a collective voice on the dramatic action
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sonnet
A sonnet is a poem in a specific form which originated in Italy; Giacomo Da Lentini is credited with its invention
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Petrarchan sonnet
The Petrarchan sonnet is a sonnet form not developed by Petrarch himself, but rather by a string of Renaissance poets
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couplet
A couplet is a pair of lines of metre in poetry
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stanzas
In poetry, a stanza is a grouped set of lines within a poem, usually set off from other stanzas by a blank line or indentation
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quatrains
A quatrain is a type of stanza, or a complete poem, consisting of four lines
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narrative poems
Narrative poetry is a form of poetry that tells a story, often making use of the voices of a narrator and characters as well; the entire story is usually written in metered verse
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epithet
An epithet is a byname, or a descriptive term , accompanying or occurring in place of a name and having entered common usage
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epic poem
An epic poem, epic , epos , or epopee is a lengthy narrative poem, ordinarily concerning a serious subject containing details of heroic deeds and events significant to a culture or nation
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ballad
A ballad /ˈbæləd/ is a form of verse, often a narrative set to music
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allegory
As a literary device, an allegory in its most general sense is an extended metaphor
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memoir
A memoir is a collection of memories that an individual writes about moments or events, both public or private, that took place in the subject's life
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poetry
Poetry , published in Chicago since 1912, is one of the leading monthly poetry journals in the English-speaking world
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genre
Genre is any category of literature, music, or other forms of art or entertainment, whether written or spoken, audio or visual, based on some set of stylistic criteria
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fiction
Fiction is the classification for any story created by the imagination and, therefore, not based strictly on history or fact
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fiction
Fiction is the classification for any story created by the imagination and, therefore, not based strictly on history or fact
genre
Genre is any category of literature, music, or other forms of art or entertainment, whether written or spoken, audio or visual, based on some set of stylistic criteria
poetry
Poetry , published in Chicago since 1912, is one of the leading monthly poetry journals in the English-speaking world
memoir
A memoir is a collection of memories that an individual writes about moments or events, both public or private, that took place in the subject's life
allegory
As a literary device, an allegory in its most general sense is an extended metaphor
ballad
A ballad /ˈbæləd/ is a form of verse, often a narrative set to music
epic poem
An epic poem, epic , epos , or epopee is a lengthy narrative poem, ordinarily concerning a serious subject containing details of heroic deeds and events significant to a culture or nation
epithet
An epithet is a byname, or a descriptive term , accompanying or occurring in place of a name and having entered common usage
narrative poems
Narrative poetry is a form of poetry that tells a story, often making use of the voices of a narrator and characters as well; the entire story is usually written in metered verse
quatrains
A quatrain is a type of stanza, or a complete poem, consisting of four lines
stanzas
In poetry, a stanza is a grouped set of lines within a poem, usually set off from other stanzas by a blank line or indentation
couplet
A couplet is a pair of lines of metre in poetry
Petrarchan sonnet
The Petrarchan sonnet is a sonnet form not developed by Petrarch himself, but rather by a string of Renaissance poets
sonnet
A sonnet is a poem in a specific form which originated in Italy; Giacomo Da Lentini is credited with its invention
chorus
A chorus , in the context of Ancient Greek tragedy, comedy, and satyr plays, is a homogeneous, non-individualised group of performers, who comment with a collective voice on the dramatic action
ode
Ode is a type of lyrical stanza
refrain
A refrain is the line or lines that are repeated in music or in verse; the \""""chorus\"""" of a song
nonfiction
Creative nonfiction is a genre of writing that uses literary styles and techniques to create factually accurate narratives
Fiction prose
Prose is a form of language that exhibits a grammatical structure and a natural flow of speech, rather than a rhythmic structure as in traditional poetry
autobiographies
An autobiography is a written account of the life of a person written by that person
the parable
A parable is a succinct, didactic story, in prose or verse, which illustrates one or more instructive lessons or principles
idyll
An idyll or idyl is a short poem, descriptive of rustic life, written in the style of Theocritus' short pastoral poems, the Idylls
dramatic monologue
Dramatic monologue, also known as a persona poem, is a type of poetry written in the form of a speech of an individual character
octave
In music, an octave or perfect octave is the interval between one musical pitch and another with half or double its frequency
sestet
A sestet is the name given to the second division of an Italian sonnet , which must consist of an octave, of eight lines, succeeded by a sestet, of six lines
epode
Epode, in verse, is the third part of an ode, which followed the strophe and the antistrophe, and completed the movement
dialogue
Dialogue is a written or spoken conversational exchange between two or more people, and a literary and theatrical form that depicts such an exchange
Enkidu
Enkidu is a central figure in the Ancient Mesopotamian Epic of Gilgamesh
Gilgamesh
Gilgamesh is the main character in the Epic of Gilgamesh, an Akkadian poem that is considered the first great work of literature, and in earlier Sumerian poems
Homer
Homer is best known as the author of the Iliad and the Odyssey
Ishtar
Inanna was the Sumerian goddess of love, fertility, and warfare, and goddess of the E-Anna temple at the city of Uruk, her main centre

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