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Source: various including Glossary of Literary Terms
A figurative work in which a surface narrative carries a secondary, symbolic or metaphorical meaning
The repetition of consonant sounds, especially at the beginning of words
A reference in a literary work to a person, place, or thing in history or in other literature
A character who works against the main character
A narrative folk song narrating a story in short stanzas
Poetry or prose in unrhymed iambic pentameter
An individual (usually a person) in a work of fiction
The meaning of a word (feeling and suggestions)
Two lines of poetry with rhyming ends
Meaning of a word (without feelings or suggestions)
Resolutions of the main complications in a play or story
The conversation (or narrative) between characters in a drama
A poem or song composed especially as a lament for a deceased person
A long narrative (often a poem) that records heroic adventure
A short poem or verse esp. a satirical one, having a witty or ingenious ending
A section at the end of a book or play that serves as a conclusion to what has happened
The substitution of a mild or less negative word or phrase for a harsh or blunt one
The basic unit of meter consisting of a group of two or three syllables
An interruption of the chronological sequence with an earlier occurrence
A category of literary work by either content (tragedy, comedy ...) or form (poetry, novel, or drama ...)
A grotesque or dark literary style popular during the end of the 18th century
A figure of speech involving extravagant exaggeration
Speech or writing (often abusive or insulting) that abuses, denounces, or attacks
A crude, coarse, often bitter satire ridiculing the personal appearance or character of a person
The expression of an understanding of one concept in terms of another concept, where there is some similarity or correlation between the two
The rhythmic pattern produced when words are arranged so that their stressed and unstressed syllables (and quantity) fall into a regular sequence
A figure of speech involving the substitution of a word or phrase with another closely associated with it
A recurring salient thematic element; especially : a dominant idea or central theme
A traditional story, esp. one concerning the early history of a people
One who tells a story
A prose fiction longer than a short story but shorter than a novel
The use of words to imitate the sounds they describe
A simple narrative that illustrates a moral
A voice or mask that an author, speaker, character or performer puts on for a particular purpose
Inorganic objects when given human characteristics
The action or what happens within a story
The main character in a novel, play, story, or poem
A 'false name' or alias used by a writer
Novels written for the mass market (often critically sneered at)
Correspondence of sound between words or the endings of words, esp. when these are used at the ends of lines of poetry
A literary mode based on criticism of people and society through ridicule (or lampoon)
A novel in which futuristic technology or otherwise altered scientific principles contribute in a significant way
A novel incorporating the same characters and often the same setting as a previous novel
The place and circumstances in which a situation occurs
Comparison between two objects connecting them with the words 'like' or 'as.'
The speaking of one's thoughts aloud, when by oneself or regardless of any hearers, to reveal how the character feels
A distinctive poetic style consisting of fourteen lines
A subordinate or minor collection of events in a novel or drama
A word or object that is used to imply something else (not a direct substitution)
A common thread or repeated idea, usually abstract, constant throughout a literary work (similar to motif)
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