Literary terms…

My husband happened across a nifty dictionary full of literary terms and theories.

Flipping through the pages I remembered doing the same thing with an old dictionary when I was a child. It was fun to try to read each page, then lose patience but not interest, and search haphazardly for new words.

In this new dictionary some of the terms I have read about include:

  • Memoir-novel: A ‘true’ account of the life of the narrator. Think Daniel Defoe’s Moll Flanders or Teju Cole’s ‘Every day is for the thief’.
  • Deibhidhe:  A quatrain with aa bb rhyming couplets . Seven syllables should be in each line  along with internal alliteration and cross rhymes between the third and fourth lines. You can read some here.


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