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

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