Terms for Early American Lit Essay

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Course Terms and Concepts Canon - The term "literary canon" refers to a classification of literature. It is a term used widely to refer to a group of literary works that are considered the most important of a particular time period or place. Genre - is the term for any category of literature or other forms of art or entertainment, e.g. music, whether written or spoken, audial or visual, based on some set of stylistic criteria. Drama - A play or drama offers another classical literary form that has continued to evolve over the years. It generally comprises chiefly dialogue between characters, and usually aims at dramatic / theatrical performance (see theatre) rather than at reading. During the 18th and 19th centuries, opera developed as a combination of poetry, drama, and music. Nearly all drama took verse form until comparatively recently. Shakespeare could be considered drama. Romeo and Juliet, for example, is a classic romantic drama generally accepted as literature. Poetry - A poem is a composition written in verse (although verse has also been used for epic and dramatic fiction). Prose - Prose is a form of language which applies ordinary grammatical structure and natural flow of speech rather than rhythmic structure (as in traditional poetry). Literacy - refers to the ability to read for knowledge, write coherently, and think critically about the written word Horace’s Purpose of Literature considers the purpose of literature, he suggests that 'the aim of poets is to give either profit or delight, or to mix the giving of pleasure with useful precepts for life Rhetoric – the art of persuasion Aesthetics - is a branch of philosophy dealing with the nature of art, beauty, and taste, with the creation and appreciation of beauty Ethos – Authority/credibility Logos - An appeal to reason Pathos – an appeal to emotion Mythos – an

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