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

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