Literary Terms - S

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A well-tried, recurrent pattern in fiction or drama. For example: mistaken identity; the eternal triagne; dramatic irony; deception based on disguise; imposture
Stock Situation
An object, animate or inanimate which represents or stands for something else
An accumulation of words or different meaning in a sentence of clauses, such as these lines from Act II of Macbeth: 'Who can be wise, amaz'd, temp'rate and furious | Loyal and neutral, in a moment?'
A rhetorical device which contains an accumulation of definitions or repetition by definition
Verse not measured by stress, but by the number of syllables in each line
Syllabic Verse
A word similar in meaning to another
A poem of fourteen lines using any of a number of formal rhyme schemes, in English typically having ten syllables per line
A grammatical mistake in speech or writing
A line or a stanza of poetry which begins and ends with the same word
Serpentine Verse
The action of scanning a line of verse to determine its rhythm, stresses and rhyme scheme
The use of humour, irony, exaggeration, or ridicule to expose and criticize people's stupidity or vices, particularly in the context of contemporary politics and other topical issues
The clandestine copying and distribution of literature banned by the state, especially formerly in the communist countries of eastern Europe. Used to refer to a lethal film in David Foster Wallace's 'Infinite Jest'
An end-stopped line, which ends with a period/full stop
Single-moulded Line
A rhyme in which the stressed syllables of ending consonants match, however the preceding vowel sounds do not match
Slant Rhyme
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