Lit Terms: Connotation-Heroic Couplet

Connotation
An idea or feeling that a word invokes in addition to its literal or primary meaning

Consonance
The reoccurrence of similar sounds, especially consonants, in close proximity. Chiefly as used in prosody

Couplet
Two lines of a verse, usually in the same meter and joined by rhyme, that form a unit

Denotation
The literal or primary meaning of a word, not including the feelings or ideas that the word suggests

Denouement
The climax of a work in which the strands of the plot are drawn together and matters are finally explained or resolved

Diction
The choice and use of words and phrases in speech or writing; the style of enunciation in speaking

Didactic
Intended to teach, particularly in having moral instruction as an ulterior motive; teaching in a patronizing manner

Dramatic Poem
Any drama that is written in Vera that is meant to be recited; it usually tells a story or refers to a situation

Elegy
A poem of serious reflection, typically a lament for the dead

Ellipsis
The omission from speech or writing of a word or words that are superfluous or able to be understood from contextual clues

End Rhyme
When a poem has lines ending with words that sound the same; a poem with its end words rhyming

Enjambment
The continuation of a sentence without a pause beyond the end of a line, couplet or stanza

Euphemism
A mild or indirect word or expression substituted for one considered to be too harsh or blunt when referring to something unpleasant or embarrassing

Euphony
The quality of being pleasing to the ear, especially through a harmonious combination of words

Extended Metaphor
When an author exploits a single metaphor or analogy at length through multiple linked vehicles, tenors and grounds throughout story or poem

Eye rhyme
A similarity between words through spelling but not through pronunciation i.e. Love and Move

Feminine rhyme
A rhyme between stressed syllables followed by one or more unstressed syllables

Figurative language
Language that uses words or expressions with a meaning that is different from the literal interpretation

Free Verse
Poetry that does not rhyme or have a regular meter

Heroic couplet
A pair of rhyming iambic pentameters; used by Chaucer and Alexander Pope