Literary Terms - E

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A poem of serious reflection, typically a lament for the dead
Elegy
The repetition of the same sound, or combinations of sounds fairly close together. Assonance, aliteration, consonance and the various kinds of rhyme and also the refrain are varieties of this.
Echo
Purposefully leaving out certain essential grammatical elements
Eclipsis
An exclamation of joy, woe, amazement
Ecphonema
The omission or slurring of a syllable, e.g 'Th'infernal doors, and on their hinges grate'
Elision
A term which describes the way in which historians fashion their source material into narrative
Emplotment
The rhyme which rounds off a line of verse
End-rhyme
As a reaction to the restrictive rules surrounding verse, the running on of the sense beyond the second line of one couplet into the first line of the next, e.g 'Who, of men, can tell // That flowers would bloom or that green fruit would swell'
Enjambment
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A figure of speech which contains a repetition of a word or words after other words have come between them, e.g 'Say first, for Heaven hides nothing from thy view // Nor the deep tract od Hell, say first what cause // Moved our grand Parents, in that happy state'
Epanalepsis
A long narrative poem about the deeds of warriros or heroes, incorporating myth, legend, folk tale and history
Epic
An extended simile in some cases running to fifteen or twenty lines, in which the comparisons made are elaborated in considerable detail
Epic Simile
A short, witty statement in verse or prose which may be complimentary, satiric or aphoristic. Coleridge described it as 'A dwarfish whole, its body brevity, and wit its soul'
Epigram
The concluding section or paragraph of any literary work, sometimes added as a summary, but more often as an afterthought
Epilogue
A poem addressed to a friend or patron, thus a kind of 'letter' in verse
Epistle
A figure of speech in which each sentence or clause ends with the same word
Epistrophe
The word used to describe the part of a play or story when the plot thickens. It precedes the castatrophe.
Epitasis
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Level 74
Aug 30, 2017
Elegy would be a good addition.
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Level 43
Sep 1, 2017
Added. Thanks for your suggestion!