Brit Lit Test 1

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Poopies(:
 
Term  
Definition

Oral-formulaic

delivered by word of mouth

Kenning

compound word

prosopopoeia

figure of speech where imaginary or absent person is represented as speaking or acting (personification)

flyting

contest consisting of exchange of insults, quarreling

ubi sunt

an inescapable feeling of doom

litote

understatement

alliterative verse

verse structured around same line (at least 3 words start with same sound)

Interlace structure

illusive references from the past cross and recross with the present structure

dream vision

visions taking place in a dream

epic

long narrative, events center around hero whose destiny is tied with that of the peoples'

elegaic

lamenting loss

caedmon

first named poet in english

ofermod

pride, grandness of perception

alliterative revival

use of alliterative poetry during Anglo-Norman period

Bob and Wheel

alliterative verse at end & last 5 lines (ex: in Gawain and the Green Knight)

Trawthe (truth)

staying true to one's word

courtly love (fin amour)

love among aristocrats, pursuit of fulfilling woman's wants

estates satire

3 estates: nobles, commoners, clergy

Matter of Britain (Arthurian Romance)

collection of works from Great Britain about kings, mostly king arthur

Decorum

what is right, fitting, or appropriate (ex: canterbury tales match person telling them)