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