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

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