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Early Modern Period

The Early Modern Period is a period in European literature that came before the development of the novel in the 18th century. 

Periphrasis

Periphrasis occurs when the writer chooses to use more words than necessary to talk about a subject. It occurs in a variety of situations.

Ghazal

A ghazal is a type of poem that is constructed with couplets, repeated words, and rhyming words.

Spoken Word Poetry

Spoken word or spoken word poetry is a poetic form that is meant for performance and incorporates the wordplay, alliteration, and intonation of ancient oral traditions.

Epic Poetry

An epic is a long narrative poem that tells the story of heroic deeds, normally accomplished by more-than-human characters.

Cinquain

A cinquain is a poetic form that makes use of a pattern of five lines.

Situational Irony

Situational irony occurs when something happens that’s different from what’s expected.

Metafiction

Metafiction refers to stories in which the characters, author, or narrator acknowledge the fact that they’re parts of a fiction.

Paraphrasing

Paraphrasing a poem means to simplify it down to its most basic elements, clarifying along the way and choosing less complicated language.

Intertextuality

Intertextuality is a feature of a text that references another text. It reflects upon the latter and uses it as a reference for the new written work.

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