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

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