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

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