Mrs.Speicher's Literary Terms

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DefinitionLiterary Term
Poetry composed for a particular event.
The use of vivid description, usually rich in sensory words, to create pictures, or images, in the reader's mind.
A genre of fiction which is usually satirical and depicts the adventures of a roguish hero of low social class who lives outside of society.
An unexpected, artificial, or improbable character, device, or event introduced suddenly in a work of fiction or drama to resolve a situation or untangle a plot.
A witty, ingenious, and pointed saying that is expressed tersely.
To begin in the middle of a sequence of events/the story.
A literary character of great stature whose moral defect leads to tragedy but some self-awareness.
A word or phrase describes a persons personal or physical attributes. It either is part of the name of set person or replaces it.
A flaw in the character of the protagonist in a tragedy that brings the protagonist to ruin or sorrow.
A recurring subject, theme, idea, etc. (not theme)
A figure of speech where animals, ideas, or inorganic objects are given human characteristics.
The naming of a thing or action by a vocal imitation of the sound associated with it.
A device in a narrative by which an event or scene taking place before the present time in the narrative is shown.
The irony in which fate, destiny, or a god controls and toys with human hopes and expectations; also, the belief that the universe is so large and man is so small that the universe
Doubtfulness or uncertainty of intention or meaning.
Words said by a character in a play, novel, or poem.
A character assumed by an author within a literary work.
The metrical analysis of poetry; the division of a line of poetry into feet by indicating accents and counting syllables.
A narrator, whether in literature, film, or theatre, whose credibility has been seriously compromised.
This provides clues for the reader to be able to predict what might occur later on in the story.
The use of an indirect, mild, or vague word or expression for one thought to be coarse, offensive, or blunt.
A sudden, intuitive perception of or insight into the reality or essential meaning of something, usually initiated by some simple, homely, or commonplace occurrence or experience.
The dictionary definition of a word
Two rhyming lines of verse in iambic pentameter.
A figure of speech comparing two unlike things that is often introduced by like or as.
Figure of speech in which a word is said to be another.
DefinitionLiterary Term
When a writer makes a reference to another work of literature in writing.
The irony in which the implications of a situation, speech, etc, are understood by the audience but not by the characters in the play.
The series of events that lead to the climax of the story.
The suggestions and associations which people think of when they think of a word.
A narrative composed of loosely connected incidents, each one more or less self-contained, often connected by a central character or characters.
An extreme exaggeration used as a literary device or figure of speech.
Distinctive, sometimes picturesque characteristics or peculiarities of a place or period as represented in literature or drama, or as observed in reality.
The beginning of a story which provides some background and informs the reader about the plot, character, setting, and theme.
The main character or lead figure in a novel, play, story, or poem. It may also be referred to as the 'hero' of a work.
A poem of fourteen lines in iambic pentameter, conveying strong emotions.
A brief, pithy, unusually concise statement of a principle, truth, or sentiment. Notable more for its thought and wisdom than its wit.
The style of speaking and writing as reflected in the choice and use of words.
A division of a poem; equivalent to a paragraph in prose.
Unrhymed lines of ten syllables each, the even-numbered syllables bearing the accents or iambic pentameter.
The measured arrangement of words in a line of poetry, as per syllable quantity or rhythmic value.
A literary style characterized by gloom and the supernatural, popular esp in the late 18th century.
A dramatic or literary form of discourse in which a character talks to himself or herself or reveals his or her thoughts without addressing a listener.
An ideal community or society possessing a perfect socio-politico-legal system.
A work of literature or item in a work that is completely symbolic of something different.
The term for any specific category of literature based on some loose set of stylistic criteria. Eg. mystery novels
A person, place, thing that is used in literature to represent something else.
The rhetorical contrast of ideas by means of parallel arrangements of words, clauses, or sentences
A sudden turn from the general audience to address a specific group or person or personified abstraction absent or present.
An author who, in addition to reporting the events of a novel's story, offers further comments on characters and events, and who sometimes reflects more generally upon the signific
A second self, a second personality or persona within a person, who is often oblivious to the persona's actions.
A variety of a language used by a group of speakers who live in a certain area. Eg. Southern.
DefinitionLiterary Term
A name given to something that represents something similar or when a part is used to describe a whole.
Latin for 'Seize the day'; enjoy the present, as opposed to placing all hope in the future.
The author’s or speaker’s attitude or feeling toward a subject conveyed through the author’s choice of words
A subject which is commonly talked about or referenced in a literary work.
Resemblance of consecutive vowel sounds
The ridiculing of folly, stupidity, or vice; the use of irony, sarcasm, or ridicule for exposing or denouncing frailties and faults of mankind.
The thing in a story or poem which deceives, frustrates, or works against the main character in some way.
A literary device used to induce a tender emotional response disproportionate to the situation at hand.
A literary work's point of highest tension.
A central character in a dramatic or narrative work who lacks the qualities of nobility and magnanimity expected of traditional heroes or heroines in romances and epics.
The act of a person or thing that sets, the surroundings or environment of a story.
The events which occur after the climax and usually end the story.
The irony in which the outcome turns out to be very different from what is expected.
When contradictory terms are combined to form words that mean something else
The irony in which what is said is the opposite of what it meant.
A common meter in poetry consisting of an unrhymed line with five feet or accents, each foot containing an unaccented syllable and an accented syllable.
Verse that lacks regular meter and line length but relies upon natural rhythms.
A statement, or multiple statements that lead to an contradictory thought/situation.
The repetition of usually initial consonant sounds in two or more neighboring words or syllables
The arrangement and grammatical relations of words in a sentence.
An ‘all‐knowing’ kind of narrator very commonly found in works of fiction written as third‐person narratives.
An often futuristic society that has degraded into a repressive and controlled state.
The problem in any piece of literature and is often classified according to the nature of the main characters.
A character that rejects established norms and conventions, has been rejected by society, and has the self as the center of his or her own existence.
In drama, a speech directed to the audience that is supposedly is not audible to the other characters onstage at the time.

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