A device in which a character in a drama makes a short speech which is heard by the audience but not by other characters in the play. In W..
The repetition of vowel sounds in a literary work, especially in a poem. Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Bells” conains numerous examples. Consider..
The story of a person’s life written by himself or herself. William Colin Powell’s “My American Journey” is an example. Ernest Hemingway’s..
A story in poetic form, often about tragic love and usually sung. Ballads were passed down from generation to generation by singers. Two o..
The story of a person’s life written by someone other than the subject of the work. Katherine Drinker Bowen’s “Yankee from Olympus” which ..
A poem written in unrhymed iambic pentameter. Consider the following from “The Ball Poem” by John Berryman:
What is the boy now, who ha..
Cacaphony is an unpleasant combination of sounds. Euphony, the opposite, is a pleasant combination of sounds. These sound effects can be u..
A pause within a line of poetry which may or may not affect the metrical count (see #62. meter). In scansion, a caesura is usually indicat..
A subdivision of an epic poem. Each of the three books of Dante Alighieri’s “Divine Comedy” is divided into cantos. For example, in each o..
A Latin phrase which translated means “Sieze (Catch) the day,” meaning “Make the most of today.” The phrase originated as the title of a p..