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Poem Form

A form is the way text is arranged in a poem, short story, novel, etc. There are a wide variety of forms in literature that an author might choose to use. 


A pastiche is a literary creation that imitates a famous work by another author.


Aporia is a figure of speech where a speaker or writer poses a question. This question expresses doubt or confusion.

Pathetic Fallacy

Pathetic fallacy is used to describe the attribution of human emotions and actions onto non-human things found in nature.


An iamb is a metrical unit. It occurs when two syllables are placed next to one another and the first is unstressed, or short, and the second is stressed, or long.


Acatalectic refers to a line of poetry that has a complete number of syllables in the final foot.

We know what we are, but know not what we may be

“We know what we are, but know not what we may be” is a quote that features in Act IV, Scene 5 and is spoken by Ophelia. 


Mythopoeia is a genre of modern literature (and film) that refers to the creation of artificial mythology.

Georgian Poetry

Georgian poetry was a poetic movement in England that lasted from 1910 to 1936 during the reign of George V.

Freudian Slip

A Freudian slip is an error, usually in speech or action, that reveals something about one’s unconscious feelings.

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