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

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