Literary Terms - H

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The writing of the lives of saints
Hagiography
A collection of traditions containing sayings of the prophet Muhammad which, with accounts of his daily practice (the Sunna), constitute the major source of guidance for Muslims apart from the Koran
Hadith
A Japanese poem of seventeen syllables, in three lines of five, seven, and five, traditionally evoking images of the natural world
Haiku
A rhyme in which the stressed syllables of ending consonants match, however the preceding vowel sounds do not match
Half rhyme
A lengthy and aggressive speech
Harangue
The branch of knowledge that deals with interpretation, especially of the Bible or literary texts.
Hermeneutics
A strophe, stanza, or poem consisting of seven lines or verses. Common in English verse
Heptastich
A line of verse consisting of six metrical feet
Hexameter
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A type of comedy characterized by witty dialogue, satire, biting humor, or criticism of life.
High Comedy
A novel that has as its setting a period of history and that attempts to convey the spirit of the time, e.g: War and Peace
Historical Novel
A rhyme which was acceptable when composed but is no longer because of a change in pronunciation. E.g Join and divine. In the times of Pope, join was pronounced jine.
Historical Rhyme
Each of two or more words spelled the same but not necessarily pronounced the same and having different meanings and origins
Homograph
A very stupid or glaring mistake, especially an amusing one
Howler
Whenever a person ascribes real existence to an abstract concept of mental construct e.g. 'Truth insists I tell the story'
Hypostatization
Similar to above, but something abstract is represented as though it was present. In Richard II, the dying John of Gaunt states that he 'sees' England as a sceptred isle
Hypotyposis
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