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

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