Lit Terms 3

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  1. Augusten Age
    Named for the reign of Augustus when Roman literature was at its height, it is the emulation of the styles of the gentlemanliness and urbanity of such writers such as Horace and by writers such as Pope in the first term of the 18th century; the term applies to both periods
  2. Ballad
    Narrative poem told in song which has been passed down by word of mouth from generation to generation; its characteristics are the refrain, incremental repitition, standard speeches, a four line stanza with iambic meter, and rhyme scheme (abcb)
  3. Bard
    Celtic for 'poet'; 'scop' is the Old English name for the poet who sang oral poetry in England
  4. Baroque
    Eccentric or lavishly ornate in style; music, art, architecture of the 17th century; Bach is a baroque figure
  5. Bathos
    BAD THING. Bathos is Pathos so overdone that it evokes laughter rather than pity.
  6. Beast Fable
    Narrative in which animals speak and behave like human beings; usually has a moral
  7. Beat Generation
    American writers of the 1950's; anti-rational bias, experimentation with drugs, Whitmanesque style, pacifism, the belief that American society is in a very bad way
  8. Bildungroman
    The kind of writing that allows the development of the hero or heroine from childhood or adolescence into adulthood, through a troubled quest for identity
  9. Bombast
    Extravagently inflated and grandiloquent diction, disproportionate to its subject
  10. Bowdlerize
    To censor a literary work those passages considered to be indecent or blasphemous
  11. Prosaic
    Belonging to or suitable for everyday world
  12. Fractious
    Readily angered; unruly
  13. Savant
    Person who knows everything
  14. Thwart
    To oppose successfully
  15. Plethora
    To be full
  16. Rampant
    Wide spread abscence of restraint
  17. Quixotic
    Idealistic to an impractical degree
  18. Noisome
    Offensive or disgusting
  19. Sanctimonious
    Making a hypocritical show of religious devotion, piety, righteousness
  20. Hibernal
  21. Sophomoric
    Conceited, immature
  22. Foppish
    Describes males in vain in appearance or dress
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