Mrs.Speicher's Literary Terms

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DefinitionLiterary Term
The use of vivid description, usually rich in sensory words, to create pictures, or images, in the reader's mind.
When contradictory terms are combined to form words that mean something else
The irony in which the implications of a situation, speech, etc, are understood by the audience but not by the characters in the play.
Verse that lacks regular meter and line length but relies upon natural rhythms.
A brief, pithy, unusually concise statement of a principle, truth, or sentiment. Notable more for its thought and wisdom than its wit.
A subject which is commonly talked about or referenced in a literary work.
A figure of speech comparing two unlike things that is often introduced by like or as.
When a writer makes a reference to another work of literature in writing.
The use of an indirect, mild, or vague word or expression for one thought to be coarse, offensive, or blunt.
Two rhyming lines of verse in iambic pentameter.
The dictionary definition of a word
The suggestions and associations which people think of when they think of a word.
A recurring subject, theme, idea, etc. (not theme)
The thing in a story or poem which deceives, frustrates, or works against the main character in some way.
The rhetorical contrast of ideas by means of parallel arrangements of words, clauses, or sentences
Unrhymed lines of ten syllables each, the even-numbered syllables bearing the accents or iambic pentameter.
A poem of fourteen lines in iambic pentameter, conveying strong emotions.
A division of a poem; equivalent to a paragraph in prose.
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.
A person, place, thing that is used in literature to represent something else.
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.
A flaw in the character of the protagonist in a tragedy that brings the protagonist to ruin or sorrow.
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.
The events which occur after the climax and usually end the story.
Figure of speech in which a word is said to be another.
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.
DefinitionLiterary Term
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.
An often futuristic society that has degraded into a repressive and controlled state.
The beginning of a story which provides some background and informs the reader about the plot, character, setting, and theme.
A literary character of great stature whose moral defect leads to tragedy but some self-awareness.
Words said by a character in a play, novel, or poem.
An ‘all‐knowing’ kind of narrator very commonly found in works of fiction written as third‐person narratives.
The irony in which the outcome turns out to be very different from what is expected.
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
The arrangement and grammatical relations of words in a sentence.
A second self, a second personality or persona within a person, who is often oblivious to the persona's actions.
The ridiculing of folly, stupidity, or vice; the use of irony, sarcasm, or ridicule for exposing or denouncing frailties and faults of mankind.
A variety of a language used by a group of speakers who live in a certain area. Eg. Southern.
To begin in the middle of a sequence of events/the story.
A narrator, whether in literature, film, or theatre, whose credibility has been seriously compromised.
A literary style characterized by gloom and the supernatural, popular esp in the late 18th century.
A witty, ingenious, and pointed saying that is expressed tersely.
A figure of speech where animals, ideas, or inorganic objects are given human characteristics.
Doubtfulness or uncertainty of intention or meaning.
The term for any specific category of literature based on some loose set of stylistic criteria. Eg. mystery novels
The metrical analysis of poetry; the division of a line of poetry into feet by indicating accents and counting syllables.
The act of a person or thing that sets, the surroundings or environment of a story.
A word or phrase describes a persons personal or physical attributes. It either is part of the name of set person or replaces it.
The naming of a thing or action by a vocal imitation of the sound associated with it.
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
The repetition of usually initial consonant sounds in two or more neighboring words or syllables
Latin for 'Seize the day'; enjoy the present, as opposed to placing all hope in the future.
DefinitionLiterary Term
A sudden turn from the general audience to address a specific group or person or personified abstraction absent or present.
A literary work's point of highest tension.
A narrative composed of loosely connected incidents, each one more or less self-contained, often connected by a central character or characters.
The irony in which what is said is the opposite of what it meant.
The style of speaking and writing as reflected in the choice and use of words.
A name given to something that represents something similar or when a part is used to describe a whole.
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.
Poetry composed for a particular event.
Resemblance of consecutive vowel sounds
A work of literature or item in a work that is completely symbolic of something different.
A literary device used to induce a tender emotional response disproportionate to the situation at hand.
The series of events that lead to the climax of the story.
The problem in any piece of literature and is often classified according to the nature of the main characters.
The measured arrangement of words in a line of poetry, as per syllable quantity or rhythmic value.
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.
A character assumed by an author within a literary work.
This provides clues for the reader to be able to predict what might occur later on in the story.
An ideal community or society possessing a perfect socio-politico-legal system.
In drama, a speech directed to the audience that is supposedly is not audible to the other characters onstage at the time.
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.
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 author’s or speaker’s attitude or feeling toward a subject conveyed through the author’s choice of words
A device in a narrative by which an event or scene taking place before the present time in the narrative is shown.
A statement, or multiple statements that lead to an contradictory thought/situation.

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