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Poetry and Literature Key Terms

Poetry and Literature Key Terms

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Romanticism
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Movement that focused on personal experience and emotional expression over tradition and convention
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Victorian period
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Queen Victoria's reign marked by expansion of British Empire and height of Industrial Revolution
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Orientalism
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Belief that Asian & African peoples share characteristics that contrast with Western people, including political servility, unchanging outlooks, inability to innovate
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Sonnet
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14-line lyric poem with strict rhyme scheme and finite set of thematic conventions; 2 types: Petrarchan and Shakespearean
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Free Verse
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Poetry not constrained by rhyme, meter, or length; derives form from original patterns the poet creates
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Lyric
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Short poem that expresses a single emotion such as love, anguish, or sadness
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Speaker
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Voice in which an author delivers a narrative or poem (not necessarily the author himself)
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Narrative
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Storytelling with a beginning, middle, and end, a plot, character development, and a narrative voice
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Pastoral
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Art or literature that celebrates rural life; includes rural setting, animals, poetry, and conversations between characters who left the city
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Anthromorphism
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Giving human qualities to non-human entities; used by poets to find "emotions" in an object; example is talking animals
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Anthropocentrism
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Belief that human beings are the center of the universe & the most important things in it
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Anthropogenic
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Adjective describing things that humans have caused; e.g. pollution, acid rain, etc.
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Deep Ecology
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Belief that all living things have inherent rights & the wants and needs of humans should not dictate the way we value other forms of life
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