AP Lit Terms Blank Verse–> Comic Relief

Topic: ArtConcerts
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Last updated: May 13, 2019
blank verse
unrhymed iambic pentameter;metrical verse with no ending rhyme (shakespeare)

elevated language, often pompous and overdone

a combination of harsh, unpleasant sounds which create an effect of discordance

a pause for effect in the middle of a line of poetry; (period, dash, semicolon, etc.)

works generally considered by scholars to be the most important to study or read (masterpieces or classics)

Aristotle’s word for the pity and fear an audience experiences upon viewing the downfall of a hero; release experienced by the audience at end of tragedy

cause and effect relationships
a dominant technique in which the author analyzes reasons for a chain of events; can also be method of organization or one paragraph used to support a point

the method a writer uses to reveal the personality of a character in a literary work

repetition in successive clauses which are usually parallel in syntax; “a fop their passion, but their prize a sot” “to stop too fearful, and too faint to go”; an inverted parallelism; “he knowingly lied and we followed blindly”

an approach to literature which emphasizes reason, harmony, balance, proportion, clarity, and the imitation of ancient writers and philosophers

the turning point, or crisis, in a play or other piece of literature

colloquial expressions
informal, not always grammatically correct expressions that find acceptance in certain geographical areas and within certain groups of people (eg: “Ya’ll”)

a work which strives to provoke smiles and laughter; has a happy end; shows human limitation; not greatness

comic relief
something of humor interrupts an otherwise serious, often tragic, literary work

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