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

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