Things a literature student should know.While reading classical poetry one encounters with different terms such as mock, epic, mock-epic, euphemisms, periphrases, etc; what are the other important...

Things a literature student should know.

While reading classical poetry one encounters with different terms such as mock, epic, mock-epic, euphemisms, periphrases, etc; what are the other important terms and concepts a literature student must know? 

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e-martin | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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This is quite a broad question and so can probably be best addressed in the Discussion Forum of eNotes, where multiple editors can participate. 

Poetry and fiction are accompanied by a host of academic and critical terms that range from the categorical (epic, lyric, narrative) to the elemental (euphemism, coda, dialect). There are certain terms that are more commonly used than others and for this reason can be said to be more important than others, but the terms most appropriate for you will be determined by your area of study. 

Poetry terminology overlaps a good deal with fiction terminology, but the emphasis is quite different from one genre to the other. 

Poetry has more formally defined modes than fiction and so learning the terms identifying the various modes of poetry will be important for you if this is your area of study. Here are a few examples:

  • Sesquina
  • Lyric Poetry
  • Narrative Poetry
  • Sonnet
  • Tone Poem
  • Prose Poetry
  • Haiku

When studying fiction, metaphor and figurative language devices important to understand, but theme, structure, and point of view are arguably more important to be familiar with.

eNotes provides a nice list of literary terms in the Guide to Literary Terms covering terms from all literary genres. 

 

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salimj | College Teacher | (Level 1) Valedictorian

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Its indeed a vast area. I would say a literature student must know everything connected with human life. But to begin with one should know different aspects of literature and the need of literature in this world. More than that one must enjoy a piece of literature.

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