English Literature Dictionary

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war literature: Works - mainly poetry - written about, or as a result of, the First World War. Sometimes this literature can be patriotic, but usually expresses a sense of revulsion and disgust. See trench poetry.

war poets: See war literature and trench poetry.

western: A literary and cinematic genre discernible by several conventions. The setting is usually a short main street in a dusty village of the American west, in the 1800s. Often, themes include a struggle between law and lawlessness.

wit: A form of intellectual humour. A wit (person) is someone skilled in making witty remarks. Forms of wit include the quip and repartee.

Wordsworth, William Born in 1770, William Wordsworth was an English Poet Laureate. He was arguably the founder of romanticism. The Prelude will be remembered as one of his greatest achievements. See romanticism

writer: A person who writes books, stories, reports etc. See author and playwright.

writer’s craft: Similar to author’s craft, this term refers to the style and devices used by an author. See poetic techniques and literary devices.

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