Literary Terms - C

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In this form, harsh sounds are used delibertely by writers, especially poets, to achieve a particular effect e.g: 'The bare black cliff clanged round him'
Cacophony
Word meaning the natural rhythm of language depending on the arrangement of stressed and unstressed syllables
Cadence
A break or pause in a line of poetry, dictated by the natural rhythm of the language and/or punctuation
Caesura
A style which values artifice, excess and misplaced seriousness
Camp
A novel set on university grounds
Campus Novel
A subdivision of an epic or narrative poem remnisicent of a chapter
Canto
A portrait which ridicules a person through exaggurating their negative features
Caricature
The use of a word in an incorrect way, for example the use of mitigate for militate. It also applies to strained metaphors i.e: blind mouths
Catachresis
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The process of releasing, and thereby providing relief from, strong or repressed emotions. Aristotle discussed this in relation to the theraputic effects of the tragedy
Catharsis
A reversal of grammatical structures in successive phrases or clauses e.g: 'His time a moment, and a point a space'
Chiasmus
An iamb and a trochee combined to make a metrical foot of two stressed syllables sandwiching two unstressed ones / u u /.
Choriambus
In the plays of Sophocles in particular, a group of people who comment on the action of place
Chorus
A short comic or nonsensical verse, typically in two rhyming couplets with lines of unequal length and referring to a famous person
Clerihew
An academic field dealing with the study of literature and cultural expression across linguistic, national, and disciplinary boundaries.
Comparative literature
Words in the middle of each line rhyme, e.g 'Thou hast conquered, O pale Galilean; the world has grown gret from thy breath // We have drunken of things Lethean, and fed on the fullness of death.'
Cross-rhyme
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Level 5
Jun 25, 2018
Thanks for another awesome quiz, Mr. Merrick. Just wanted to say that using 'mitigate' for 'militate' also qualifies as malapropism, it seems to me. Catachresis should have a clearer example, mentioning that it also applies to strained metaphors e.g. blind mouths.