The UVic Writer's Guide

Creative Definitions

"Blank verse is when the line in the poem does not follow its own meter."

"Hubris is overwhining pride."

"A spondee is a dum-dum."

"Metaphysical conceit: assuming that one is linked with God."

"Synecdoche: bad literature."

"A novella is a short novel about 3,000,000 words long."

"Tragedy is the untimely demise (not necessarily death) of a person."

"A pathetic fallacy claims that there is life after death."

"Comedy is when something bad happens to someone else."

"By diction, Pound was able to compress and omit words that expressed his meaning."

"Onamatapedia. is a book of sounds."

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