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Definition/ExampleLiterary Term
The repeated use of the same grammatical structure in a sentence
Two ideas presented closely together for contrast
Seize the day
A reasonable conclusion drawn by the reader
Ex: To sit in solemn silence'
Two succesive rhyming lines
A protagonist who carries the action of the literary piece but does not embody the classic characteristics of courage, strength and nobility
A reference to something in previous literature or history
A simple one-dimensional character
The use of humor to ridicule and expose the shortcomings and failings of society
The stage setting of a play
The way a writer uses language
The expression of the opposite of what is intended
A form of satire that elevates low characters and low situations by using elevated language in literary traditions of the epic
The arrangement of details in such an order that the unimportant suddenly appears at the point where the critical detail should be
The main character or force which creates conflict
The events following the resolution of the final conflict of the plot
A two syllable beat with a stressed and then an unstressed syllable
Poetry with no fixed metrical pattern or representation
Ex: Owen goes over the ocean
A short speech made by an actor onstage to the audience
An error in diction caused by the substitution of one word for another similar in sound but different in meaning
A recording of the thoughts and emotional experience of a character on one or more levels of consciousness
Ex: much of the spoken language in Huckleberry Finn
A word's most literal and limited meaning
Insolence, arrogance, or pride...leads to the protagonist's downfall
An emotional cleansing through expression of emotion
Short story illustraing a moral or religious lesson
A sentence that delivers its point at the end
What a word suggests beyond its basic definition
The perspective from which a story is told
Ex: 'she passed away' as opposed to 'she died'
A character, situation or symbol that is familiar to people from all cultures because it occurs frequently in literature, myth, religion or folklore
A sudden flash of insight
Figure of speech where the subject is not alive
Word Choice
A complex or far-fetched comparison
Unrhymed poetry written in iambic pentameter
A metaphor developed at length
One who changes as the result of actions in the plot
Definition/ExampleLiterary Term
The organizational pattern of a work
Ex: Arrayed and Said or Fine and Rhyme
A character centering about a single quality, one that does not grow or change during the action of the plot
Humorous use of a word involving two interpretations of meaning
A label given to a literary work whose main purpose is to give guidance in moral, ethical, or religious matters
Ex: boom, crash, bang, jitterbug
The main character
A short, emotionally expressive poem
Ex: FOR ti fy
The atmosphere or feeling a literary work gives the reader
Something that has a deeper meaning
A satirical imitation of a poem or other writing
Ex: My only love sprung from my only hate
A witty, pointed, terse saying
The central idea of a literary work
Traditionally a fourteen line love poem
The opposite of parallel construction
A usually formal poem expressing sorrow or lamentation for the dead
A brief quotation at the beginning of a literary work
Repetition of a line, stanza, or phrase
Ex: bittersweet living, living death, jumbo shrimp
A story that explains the origins of God's heroes or natural phenomenon
'God from the machine'
An all-knowing narrator
Narrow in point of view or approach
A smooth, pleasant arrangement of sounds
A statement of the opposite of what is meant. bitter or cutting speech
Compares an unfamiliar object or place by comparing it to the familiar
Attribution of human characteristics to an animal or inanimate object
A figure of speech that replaces the name of something with a word or phrase closely associated with it
An element within a story that is out of its time frame
The ability of a work to appeal to a wide segment of the reading public
The art of effective communication, especially persuasive discourse
A literary type classified by form and technique
A radical change in a character
A humorous play depending on an exaggerated, improbable situation
The way an author chooses to join words into phrases, clauses, and sentences
The quality of a literary work which appeals to emotion
A short pithy statement of a principle or precept
Anything that appeals to the senses
Definition/ExampleLiterary Term
Any writing that isn't poetry or drama
Non-literal language
Ex: I'm so hungry that I could eat a horse
A story where the conflict overcomes the main character
A four line stanza
Any literary work with a happy ending
A literary form in which some or all of the characters are embodiments of abstract ideas. A story which carries a second meaning
Language describing ideas and qualities rather than specific things. people, or places
A three beat rhythm with two unstressed syllables followed by a stressed syllable
A comparison using like, as, or so
Ex: All nerds wear glasses
Hints of what is to come
Quality of being intentionally unclear
An interruption by the introduction of an earlier event or past experience
A character who contrasts with the main character
The running over of a sentence from one verse or stanza to the next in poetry
Elevating someone to the level of God
A rhetorical device consisting of a switch in the normal word order
The writer's or speaker's attitude
The opposite of hyperbole
The telling of a story or an account of an event or series of events
A poem, play, or story that celebrates and idealizes a simple life
Extravagant language
A stereotypical character
The repetition at close intervals of the final consonant sounds of accented syllables or important words
A word or group of words used to characterize a person.
A pause in a line of poetry
A harsh combination of sounds
The time and place in which the action of the plot occurs
Ex: any soap opera
Latin for 'in the middle of things'
10 syllable line made up of 5 feet with each foot containing an unaccented followed by an accented syllable
A dramatic monologue
A figure of speech in which an explicit comparison is made between two unlike things
The struggle in the plot
Ex: All hands on deck
The use of a proper noun as a common name
A short narrative poem written in songlike stanza form
The true, actual events...not figurative
The ryhtmical pattern of a poem

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