Category: Literary Terms

Roman a Clef - On the Road 0

roman a clef

A roman a clef is a novel that is based on real events and/or people. The term was coined in France in the 17th century by the writer Madeleine de Scudéry, who wrote about...

What is poetry 2

What is Poetry?

What do Shakespeare’s sonnets have in common with Emily Dickinson’s lyrical poems? Geoffrey Chaucer’s acrostic poetry with the haiku of Basho? John Keats’ odes with the limericks of Edward Lear? All of it falls...

definition of dramatic irony 0

Dramatic Irony

There are three primary types of irony, of which dramatic irony is one. Situational Irony Situational irony is the most common application of the word “irony.” It is when you expect one thing and...