A TO Z Literary Principles from History of English Literature: Note 94

A Set of 26 Objective Questions & Answers


a.      Lake poets: William Wordsworth, S.T. Coleridge, Robert Southey are called the Lake poets because they lived in the Lake District.

b.     Two prose works of Coleridge: The Watchman (a periodical), Biographia Literaria.
c.      Two sonnets by John Keats:  a) On First Looking into Chapman’s Homer, b) Bright Star, c) Would I Were Stedfast as Thou Art.
d.     The expression of a certain idea by saying or showing just the opposite: irony
e.      The use of indirect or polite language to express a concept generally considered unpleasant: satire
f.       A work that is written to make fun of something or someone, usually to help improve a situation: euphemism
g.      The use of descriptive language that appeals to the reader's senses: imagery
h.     Keats’s Lamia (1819)   having a story taken from Burton’s The Anatomy of Melancholy tells of a beautiful enchantress.
i.        The main character; person facing the problem: protagonist
j.        A "hint" of things to come: foreshadowing
k.     A type of element, device, or event that occurs frequently in a work of literature: motif
l.        The repetition of a consonant sound: alliteration
m.  Oxford Movement: Oxford Movement began in the Oxford University in the 1830s. It reacted to the Irish Church Bill of 1833 which was considered a treat to the affairs of the church. John Henry, Newman, Keble, R.H Froude were the major exponents of the Oxford Movement.
n.     The central idea of a literary work: theme
o.     The sequence of events that take place: plot
p.     A type of figurative language that applied human qualities to inanimate objects: personification
q.     Lyrical Ballads: Wordsworth’s The Thorn, The Idiot Boy, Simen Lee, Expostutation and Reply, and Tintern Abbey are included in the 1st Edition. Michael, The Old Cumberland Beggar, and some other poems were included in the 1800 edition. There were four poems by Coleridge of which The Rime of the Ancient Mariner was included in it.
r.      A person, place, thing or event used to represent something else: symbol
s.      The turning point or high point of a story: climax
t.       The methods in which a character is developed through thoughts. actions, diaologue:  characterization
u.     Repeating a word or group of words for emphasis or effect: alliteration
v.     The attitude or viewpoint that an author shows toward his or her subject: point of view
w.   The perspective from which a story is told: point of view
x.      Walter Scott’s first historical novel: Waverly, followed by Guy Mannering, The Antiquary, Old Morality etc. Scott knew the past and made history his background. He created fictitious characters for his plot.
y.     Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, published in 1796-1797. Its first title was First Impression.
z.      Two prose works of Thomas De Quincy: A) Concession of an English Opium Eater (1821), B) The English Mail- Coach (1849).

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Ref: 1. History of English Literature- Albert     
2. The Concise Cambridge History of English Literature
4. Baugh, A.C and Cable T (2001). A History of the English Language. 5th ed. London: Routledge