Mrs.Speicher's Literary Terms

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

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