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I need a collective noun.

If I make a list which contains the items "the picturesque", "the romantic", "the sublime", "the grotesque" and so on, all referring to characteristics of literature, what can I call them other than 'characteristics'? They aren't all moods, I don't think they are themes... what *are* they?

Date: Sunday, 19 April 2009 04:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jojomojo.livejournal.com
Aspects? I'm presuming genres wouldn't cut it.

Date: Sunday, 19 April 2009 04:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] spencerpine.livejournal.com
I think I define sublimity just by being myself.

G

Date: Sunday, 19 April 2009 04:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] spencerpine.livejournal.com
Am I the shade or the sun in this scenario?

G

Date: Sunday, 19 April 2009 05:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] spencerpine.livejournal.com
Ah! Got it. Bloody English students and their extended metaphors.

G

Date: Sunday, 19 April 2009 04:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ixwin.livejournal.com
modes? styles?

Date: Sunday, 19 April 2009 04:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ixwin.livejournal.com
approaches?

Date: Sunday, 19 April 2009 07:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] yvesilena.livejournal.com
Aesthetics?

Date: Sunday, 19 April 2009 08:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] the-alchemist.livejournal.com
Just what I was going to say. This is how they are normally referred to, as I recall.

Date: Sunday, 19 April 2009 10:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] strangederby2.livejournal.com
I guess calling them tropes would be stretching the defination a bit.

Date: Sunday, 19 April 2009 11:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] crocodilewings.livejournal.com
Idiomatic adjectives?

Date: Monday, 20 April 2009 06:04 am (UTC)

Date: Monday, 20 April 2009 07:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tartful-dodger.livejournal.com
Motifs, possibly? *not entirely sure*

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