Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead Lit Terms

syllogism - a formula for presenting an argument logically and consisting of three divisions: major premise, minor premise, conclusion

tableaux - a picturesque or graphic description presented on stage by silent, motionless, costumed participants

non sequitur - a response that does not follow logically from or is not clearly related to anything perviously said

surrealism - movement that attempts to express the workings of the sbconscious and is characterized by fantastic imagery and incongruous juxtaposition of subject matter

melodrama - a play characterized by extravagant theatrics

pastiche - literary work made up of portions of various works

farce - a dramatic work intended to produce laughter using exaggerated, improbable situations and incongruities

metadrama - a play that features another play as part of its plot

cliché - an overused, stereotyped expression

bombast - verbose and inflated diction that is disproportionate, to the matter it expresses; empty rhetoric

malapropism - mistakenly substituting a word in place of another that it resembles - the effect is usually comic (ex: "He was a man of great statue.")

intertextuality - the way that similar or related texts influence, reflect, or differ from each other

palindrome - a word or phrase where the letters are exactly the same whether read forward or backward; ex: Madam, I'm Adam or Radar

portmanteau - a word coined by combining two other words, encompassing the original meanings of both component parts; ex: smog

antihero - unheroic central character - one who is not brave, noble, or morally good as heroes usually are

Deus ex machina - a contrived event in which a writer makes an improbable incident to further the action

asyndeton - use of words or phrases in a series without connectives such as "and" or "so"; ex: I came. I saw. I conquered.; Veni. Vidi. Vici.

satire - literature that ridicules human folly or vice with the purpose of bringing about reform

subplot - secondary or minor plot in a story that is usually related to the main plot

paradox - statement that appears contradictory to common sense yet is true in fact

rhetorical question - a question asked in order to make a point rather than elicit an answer; ex: Why are you so stupid?

parody - imitation of a literary work or the style used by a writer in order to ridicule the work or the writer

cadence - the beat or measure of something that follows a set rhythm

In Medias Res - in the middle

stichomythia - verbal fencing found in verse drama