Literary Terms - O

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The artistic and literary technique of representing or evoking a particular emotion by means of symbols which become indicative of that emotion and are associated with it
Objective Correlative
A line of eight feet
Octameter
Term used to describe pompous, abstract, euphemistic, polysyllabic and circumlocutory language used by officials, bureaucrats, politicians and sociologists
Officialese
A stanza of fourteen imabic tetrameters rhyming ababccddeffegg
Onegin Stanza
The formation and use of words to imitate sounds
Onomatopoeia
A term which refers to the Orient as defined and, in a sense, 'invented' by Europe and the West
Orientalism
A group founded in 1960 which specialized in playful language games to generate their works - novels which lack a certain letter of the alphabet, for example
Oulipo
A figure of speech which combines contradictory or incongruous words for a special effect; Milton's 'darkness visible' or Lamb's 'honest thief'.
Oxymoron
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A word or line of verse with the accent on the last syllable
Oxytone
A term coined by Umberto Eco (1932-2016) to describe a text which invites a variety of readings
Open Text
A play of only one act
One Act Play
An edition of an entire author's works in one volume
Omnibus
A lyric poem, typically one in the form of an address to a particular subject, written in varied or irregular metre
Ode
A concept which might signify any act or statement deemed offensive or derogatory to the dominant culture, especially in terms of moral, sexual or religious taboos
Obscenity
Verse written for a particular occasion
Occasional Verse
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