ABOLITIONIST LITERATURE: body of writings condemning the practice of slavery. An example is Uncle Tom’s Cabin.
CACOPHONY: the use of harsh, hissing or grating sound that is considered as unpleasant to hear. Opposite of EUPHONY, which refers to the use of easy, melodious, and pleasant sounds.
CATALECTIC: a line in a poem that is lacking an expected unstressed syllable, especially in the final metrical foot.
Acephalous: when the expected syllable is missing in the initial metrical foot. Also known as headless line.
Hypercatalectic: a line that contains one or more expected syllable.
Acatalectic: a line that contains all the expected number of syllables. Also known as normal line.
POETRY: Poetry is an imaginative awareness of experience expressed through meaning, sound, and rhythmic language choices so as to evoke an emotional response… (More in http://contemporarylit.about.com/cs/literaryterms/g/poetry.htm)
SHORT STORY: a narrative that is shorter than a novel at 5,000 to 10,000 words.
- it can be read in one sitting
- it tells of a single incident happening in one setting (slice of life)
- follows a simple plot (limited action, limited number of characters)