An elaborate, usually intellectually ingenious poetic comparison or image, such as an analogy or metaphor in which, say a beloved is compared to a ship, planet, etc. The comparison may be brief or extended.
a poem that celebrates, in a continuous narrative, the achievements of mighty heroes and heroines, usually in founding a nation or developing a culture, and uses elevated language and a grand, high style.
that part of the structure that sets the scene, introduces and identifies characters, and establishes the situation at the beginning of a story or play. Additional exposition is often scattered throughout the story.
also called a Shakespearean sonnet; a sonnet form that divides the poem into three units of four lines each and a final unit of two lines (4;PL4;PL4;PL2 structure). Its classic rhyme scheme is abab cdcd efef gg,
a figure of speech which substitutes one term with another that is being associated with that term. A name transfer takes place to demonstrate an association of a whole to a part or how two things are associated in some way.
a fictional character, often but not always a minor character, who is relatively simple, who is presented as having few, though sometimes dominant, traits, and who thus does not change much in the course of a story
compares two things, which are alike in several respects, for the purpose of explaining or clarifying some unfamiliar or difficult idea or object by showing how the idea or object is similar to some familiar one
a reference—whether explicit or implied, to history, the Bible, myth, literature, painting, music, and so on--that suggests the meaning or generalized implication of details in the story, poem, or play