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Scansion is the analysis of a poem’s metrical patterns. It organizes the lines, metrical feet, and individual syllables into groups.

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. 

Elephant in the room

“The elephant in the room” is used to refer to an important topic, problem, or issue that needs to be addressed but has yet to be.


Antanaclasis is a figure of speech in which a word or phrase is used several times and the meaning changes.

Rhetorical Devices

Rhetorical devices are parts of literature that are used to persuade audiences. They make use of the three “modes of persuasion.”

Character Motivation

A character’s motivation is the reason behind their actions. This could refer to specific or general actions.

Campus Novel

The campus novel, also known as the academic novel, is a book set around a university or college campus.


Anacrusis occurs when the poet includes an extra unstressed syllable at the beginning of a line of verse. This unstressed syllable is not part of the metrical pattern.

Verse Paragraph

A verse paragraph is a section of poetry that resembles a prose paragraph, that which is found in novel writing and short stories.


A morpheme is the smallest meaningful part of any language. It might be a word, or it might be part of a word.

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