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Naturalism

Naturalism is a nineteenth-century literary and arts genre that focuses on the realistic depiction of life and all its struggles

Byronic Hero

The Byronic hero is a type of character inspired by the life and work of George Gordon, better known as Lord Byron.

Conversation Poem

A conversation poem is a style of poetry that addresses someone close to the poet in an informal way. These poems use serious language and usually discuss a specific topic. 

Romantic Comedy

Romantic comedy is a genre of literature. It follows two characters who fall in love, face obstacles that might separate them, and are reunited for a happy ending.

Metaphor

A metaphor is used to describe an object, person, situation or action in a way that helps a reader understand it, without using “like” or “as”.

Ottava Rima

The phrase “ottava rima” is used to describe a particular type of stanza in poetry. It uses eight iambic lines and follows a rhyme scheme of ABABABCC.

Ghazal

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

Light Verse

Light verse is poetry that touches on amusing, light-hearted topics. It does not deal with emotionally heavy themes or traumatic life events. 

Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them

“Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them” is used in Act II Scene 5 of Twelfth Night. 

Anagnorisis

Anagnorisis is the moment in a play, or other literary work, in which a character makes an important discovery.

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