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Literary Terms

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Literary Terms

  1. 1. Print FormUNIT 1 - LITERARY TERMS Click here for the Term Definitions Click here for Terms ProjectPlaywright ExamplesPlaywright Name Thornton wilder Name of Play Our town EYears lived 1897-1975 Year of play 1938 N GSource http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thornton_Wilder#Plays +Playwright Name David Mamet Name of Play The frog prince A D VYears lived 1947- present Year of play 1983Source http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_MametCloset Drama ExamplePlaywright Name Robert Browning Name of Closet Drama Strafford E N GYears lived 1812-1889 Year of play 1837 +Why is this classified A Because it was suppose to be read and not turned into a play.as a Closet Drama? D VSource http://www.infoplease.com/ce6/ent/A0812614.html , http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_BrowningHigh Comedy ExamplePlaywright Name Name of High Comedy A D VYears lived Year of play O NWhy is this classified Las a High Comedy? YSourceLow Comedy ExamplePlaywright Name Name of Low Comedy A D VYears lived Year of play O NWhy is this classified Las a Low Comedy? YSource
  2. 2. Romantic Comedy ExamplePlaywright Name Glenn Gordon Caron Name of Play Picture Perfect E N GYears lived 1954- present Year of play 1997 +Why is this classified as a kate lies that she is dating someone when she isnt and she ends up dating her colleague that ARomantic Comedy? she has always wanted. D VSource http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Picture_Perfect_(1997_film)Comedy of Manners ExamplePlaywright Name Name of Play A D VYears lived Year of play O NWhy is this classified as a LComedy of Manners? YSource Because all they want to do is show everythingWhat is an example of a The show-off person Why? they can do off and think they are better thenstock character? every one else. E N GWhat is an example of a The insincere person Why? Because they dont always mean what they say.stock character? + A DWhat is an example of a Because they wont let anyone else say anything The talkative person Why? Vstock character? until they are done.Classical Tragedy ExamplePlaywright Name Name of PlayYears lived Year of play A D VWhy is this classified as aClassical Tragedy? O NSource L YDefine HUBRIS
  3. 3. Revenge Tragedy ExamplePlaywright Name Name of Play A D VYears lived Year of play O NWhy is this classified as a LRevenge Tragedy? YSourceDomestic Tragedy ExamplePlaywright Name Name of Play A D VYears lived Year of play O NWhy is this classified as a LDomestic Tragedy? YSourceTragicomedy ExamplePlaywright Name William Shakespeare Name of Play Julius Cesar E N GYears lived 1564-1616 Year of play Maybe written in 1599. +Why is this classified as a A Because cassius has trouble with his own conscience and Cesar ends up dying.Tragicomedy? D VSource http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Shakespeare#List_of_worksTheatre of the Absurd ExamplePlaywright Name Name of Play A D VYears lived Year of play O NWhy is this classified as a LTheatre of the Absurd? YSource
  4. 4. Non Fiction ExampleAuthors Name Anne Frank Name of Book The diary of a young girl E N GYears lived 1929-1945 Year of Book published 1967 +Why is this classified as A Because what she wrote is real.Non Fiction? D VSource http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anne_Frank , http://www.nationalreview.com/100best/100_books.htmlBildungsroman ExampleAuthors Name Name of Book A D VYears lived Year of Book O NWhy is this classified as a LBildungsroman? YSourceHistorical Novel ExampleAuthors Name Name of Book A D VYears lived Year of Book O NWhy is this classified as a LHistorical Novel? YSourceEpistolary Novel ExampleAuthors Name Name of Book A D VYears lived Year of Book O NWhy is this classified as a LEpistolary Novel? YSource
  5. 5. Short Story ExampleAuthors Name Edgar allan poe Name of Book The tell-tale heart E N GYears lived 1809, 1849 Year of Book published 1843 +Why is this classified as a A It talks in the first person and sometimes maybe in the second person.Short Story? D VSource http://www.spiritus-temporis.com/short-story/examples-of-classic-short-stories.html , http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edgar_ANovella ExampleAuthors Name Stephen king Name of Book the mist E N GYears lived 1947- present Year of Book published 1980, 1985, 2007 +Why is this classified as a It was first put in the skeleton crew books but they took it out because it took about the first 155 ANovella? pages of it. D VSource http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Mist , http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephen_KingEpic Poetry ExamplePoets Name James Thompson Name of Poem City of dreadful night E N GYears lived 1834-1882 Year of Poem Written between 1870-1873 +Why is this classified as A Because it is somewhat long for a poem and it talks about how it is so dark.an Epic Poem? D VSource http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Thomson_%28B.V.%29 , http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_City_of_Dreadful_NightDramatic Poetry ExamplePoets Name Robert frost Name of Poem The pauper witch of Grafton E N GYears lived 1874-1963 Year of Poem 1923 +Why is this classified as A It has drama in it.Dramatic Poetry? D VSource http://www.blackcatpoems.com/f/the_pauper_witch_of_grafton.html , http://www.americanpoems.com/poets/robertfrost
  6. 6. Lyric Poetry ExamplePoets Name William Butler Yeats Name of Poem The cat and the moon E N GYears lived 1865-1935 Year of Poem 1918 +Why is this classified as a A Because it tells about what the cat and the moon did and what happened.Lyric Poem? D VSource http://www.recmusic.org/lieder/get_text.html?TextId=43133 , http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Butler_YeatsDramatic Monlogue ExamplePoets Name Name of Poem A D VYears lived Year of Poem O NWhy is this classified as LDramatic Monlogue? YSourceEpigram Example AExample D VAuthor O NWhy is this classified as Lan Epigram? YSourceExampleAuthorWhy is this classified asan Epigram?Source
  7. 7. Satire Example EExample of something Nsatiric or an example of gullivers travels. Ga prose that containssatire + AAuthor Jonathan swift D VWhy is this classified as It has satire of human nature.Satire?Source http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gulliver%27s_TravelsExample of somethingsatiric or an example of Catch-22a prose that containssatireAuthor Joseph hellerWhy is this classified as Because it has satire of the military.Satire?Source http://www.spiritus-temporis.com/catch-22/

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