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Chronicle

A chronicle is an account of events that occurs in the order that they happened in. The term is usually associated with historical events.

Extend an olive branch

“Extend an olive branch” is used when someone wants to end a confrontation or an argument.

Abjection

Abjection is a literary term that refers to subjective horror, or someone’s reaction to physically or emotionally disturbing subject matter.

Repetition in Poetry

Repetition is an important poetic technique that sees writers reuse words, phrases, images, or structures multiple times within a poem.

Open Form

An open form poem does not follow traditional patterns or structures. These poems are more commonly known as free verse poems. 

Scottish Renaissance

The Scottish Renaissance was a literary movement that took place in the mid-20th century in Scotland. It is often referred to as the Scottish version of modernism. 

Romanticism

Romanticism was a movement that originated in Europe at the end of the 18th century and emphasized aesthetic experience and imagination.

Parable

A parable is a short fictional story that speaks on a religious attitude or moral belief.

Angry Young Men

The Angry Young Men were a group of British writers and novelists disillusioned with society who produced work through the 1950s.

Actions speak louder than words

“Actions speak louder than words” refers to the fact that acts are more meaningful than statements.

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