Literary Terms - D

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A metrical foot consisting of one stressed syllable followed by two unstressed ones / u u, e.g: 'Just for a | handful of| silver he'
Dactyl
A nihilistic movement in art and literature meant to signify total freedom, anti rules, ideals and traditions
Dadaism
A metaphor which has been so often used that it has become lifeless and lost its figurative strength e.g: 'Top dog', 'green with envy', 'the heart of the matter'
Dead metaphor
A line of verse of ten syllables popular with Dante, Petrarch and Boccaccio, e.g: To observations which ourselves we make // We grow more partial for the observer's sake'
Decasyllable
Either the event(s) following the major climax of a plot, or the unravelling of a plot's complications at the end of a story or play
Dénouement
A work of literature which sets out to instruct or teach
Didactic
A metrical foot which consists of two iambs u / u /. It is taken as one unit.
Di-iamb
A line of verse containing two feet
Dimeter
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The arrangement of cacophnous sounds in words for a particular effect
Dissonance
The use of data, numbers and computer systems to analyse texts
Distant Reading
A term which denotes the principles of dramatic composition and theatrical art
Dramaturgy
A type of drama popular in the 20th c. and is often concerned with the predicaments of the English middle classes
Drawing room comedy
A conversation between two characters in a play, story or poem
Duologue
Two syllables to a metrical foot
Duple meter
The opposite of euphemism, emphasising defects, ugliness and taboo
Dysphemism
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