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A short story is a piece of writing with a narrative that’s shorter than a novel. These stories usually only take one sitting to read.
Academic drama is a theatrical movement that was popular during the Renaissance, in the 16th-century. It was performed in universities.
Scansion is the analysis of a poem’s metrical patterns. It organizes the lines, metrical feet, and individual syllables into groups.
The Edwardian Period, which officially lasted from 1901 to 1910, includes the reign of King Edward VII. However, the period is often stretched to include the start of World War One.
Fantasy is a literary genre that includes talking animals, magic, and other worlds. It includes plots that couldn’t take place in the real world.
Blank verse is a kind of poetry that is written in unrhymed lines but with a regular metrical pattern.
The Chaucerian stanza, also known as rhyme royal, is a stanza form introduced by English poet Geoffrey Chaucer. It’s seven lines long and uses the rhyme scheme ABABBCC.
Verse is a term that refers to various parts of poetry, such as a single line of poetry, a stanza, or the entire poem.
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