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This is a story with two or more levels of meaning--a literal level and a symbolic level--in which events, setting, and characters are symbols for ideas or qualities.
This is the repetition of initial consonant sounds at the beginnings of words.
This is the reference to a person, place, or event from history, literature, or religion with which a reader is likely to be familiar.
This is a comparison based on a similarity between things that are otherwise dissimilar.
This is to separate a whole into its parts.
This is the person or force that creates conflict for the main character in a literary work.
This is a short speech delivered by an actor in a play which expresses the actor's thoughts. It is usually directed to the audience and not heard by other actors.
This is the repetition of vowel sounds followed by different consonants in two or more stressed syllables.
This is a rhymed, songlike poem that tells a story , often dealing with adventure or romance.
Blank Verse
This is poetry written in unrhymed iambic pentameter.
This is an individual's mental or moral quality.
This is the combination of ways that an author shows readers what a person in a literary selection is like.
These are the people or animals who take part in a literary work.
This is the part of the plot where the conflict and tension reach a peak.
This is a method of relating how two or more elements or texts are SIMILAR.
Compare And Contrast
This is a method of relating two or more objects in a piece of work.
This wraps up a piece of writing and reminds readers of the thesis.
This is the repetition in two or more words of final consonants in stressed syllables that are preceded by different vowel sounds.
This is the framework of meaning which surrounds a specific word, sentence, idea, or passage.
Cultural Elements
This includes language, ideologies, beliefs, values, and norms. These elements help to shape the life of a society.
This is part of the plot and is made up of any events that occur after the resolution in a literary work.
These are the words spoken by characters in a literary work.
Direct Characterization
This is when an author reveals a person in the story characterization by giving specific descriptions.
This is a story written to be performed by actors.
Dramatic Irony
This is when the audience or the readers know something that the characters do not know.
Dramatic Poem
This is a poem that makes use of the techniques of drama. The speaker is clearly someone other than the poet. More than one character may speak.
Dynamic Character
This is a person in a fictional work that changes during the course of the action.
End Rhyme
This is the repetition of similar sounds that comes at the ends of lines of poetry.
Epic Poem
This type of poem is very long and usually relates the adventures of a legendary character or a national history. It is often passed down orally before being written.
This is placing a value or rank on a piece of writing or speaking.
This is the part of the plot that introduces the characters, the setting, and the basic situation.
Extended Metaphor
This is a sustained comparison in which a subject is written or spoken of as if it were something else.
Falling Action
This is the part of the plot where the conflict begins to be worked out and tensions lessen.
Figurative Language
This goes beyond the literal meanings of words to create special effects or feelings.
First Person
This is a point of view where the narrator is a character in the story and refers to him or herself with I.
First-person Point Of View
This is a point of view in which the story is told by one of the characters.
This is a scene, a conversation, or an event that interrupts the present action to show something that happened in the past.
Flat Character
This is a person in a fictional work that is never fully developed by the author.
This is the use of hints in written works about what will happen later.
This is the structure into which a piece of literature, such as a poem, is organized.
Free Verse
This is poetry written without a regular rhyme scheme, meter, or form.
This is the category or type of literature.
Historical Context
The setting and circumstances in which a literary work is written or an event occurs.
This is extreme exaggeration used in a literary work.
This is a phrase in common use that can not be understood by literal or ordinary meanings.
This is the use of language that appeals to the five senses--touch, taste, smell, hearing, and sight.
This uses sensory images to help readers to picture a person, a place, or an event.
Implied Meaning
This is a suggested, but not stated, definition.
Indirect Characterization
This is when an author reveals a person in the story characterization through his/her words, thoughts, appearance, action, or what others think or say about him/her.
Internal Rhyme
This occurs within a line of poetry when two words have similar ending sounds.
This is the explanation of the significance or meaning of a work.
This is the beginning of a written work that explains what will be found in the main part.
This is the contrast between appearance and reality or what is expected and what actually happens.
Limited Third Person
This is a point of view where the narrator relates the inner thoughts and feelings of only one person.
Limited View
This is a point of view, in which the narrator is outside the story, reveals the thoughts of only one character, and yet refers to that characters as 'he' or 'she'.
Literary Device
A type of tool or strategy to enhance an author's style
Literary Elements
These are the components used together to create a fictional piece of writing.
Literary Period
Literary works are often grouped into these because they share a time span. This allows analysis for traits common to an identified time. These can include conventions, styles, themes, and philosophies. Examples include the Romantic period and the Renaissance.
Lyric Poem
This is a highly musical verse that expresses the observation and feelings of a single speaker.
This is a direct comparison of two things, in which they are said to be (in some sense) the same thing.
This is the rhythm or regular sound pattern in a piece of poetry.
This is a long, uninterrupted speech by a character in a play, story, or poem.
This is the feeling that an author wants readers to have while reading.
This is a repeated idea, theme, image, word, object, phrase or action in a literary work.
This is a traditional tale about gods, goddesses, heroes, and other characters.
This is a body or collection of tales belonging to a people and addressing their origin, history, deities, ancestors, and heroes. It explains the actions of gods and goddesses or the cause of natural phenomena and includes supernatural elements.
Narrative Poem
This tells a story in verse.
This is the teller of the story.
This is a point of view; the narrator KNOWS EVERYTHING about the characters and events, and describes the characters and action from outside the story.
Omniscient "Third Person __________"
is a point of view in which the narrator is outside the story and knows everything about the characters and events.
Omniscient Third Person
This is a point of view where the narrator relates the inner thoughts and feelings of each character.
This is the use of words that sound like the noises they describe.
This is something which seemingly cannot be, yet it is; a contradiction.
This is a statement that leads to a contradictory situation in which something seems both true and false.
This is a persuasive technique in which an author creates a BALANCED sentence by re-using the same word structure.
This is the restatement of a written work in one's own words that keeps the basic meaning of the original work.
This is a humorous imitation of a literary work that exaggerates or distorts the characteristic features of the original.
This is a type of figurative language in which human qualities are given to nonhuman things.
This is the series of events that happen in a literary work.
This is an arrangement of words in verse. It sometimes rhymes, and expresses facts, emotions, or ideas in a style more concentrated, imaginative and powerful than that of ordinary speech.
This is the third major type of literature in addition to drama and prose.
Point Of View
This is the perspective from which a story is told.
This is the act of forecasting something that may (or may not) occur later.
This method of structuring text focuses on defining an issue, then gives a possible remedy for the issue.
This is the main character in a literary work.
This is a humorous word play that usually is based on several meanings of one word.
This is a stylistic device where the writer repeats the same word, or phrase for the purpose of emphasis.
This is a persuasive technique in which a word, phrase, or entire sentence is repeated to reinforce the speaker's message.
This is the part of the plot where the conflict is ended.
This is the repetition of similar sounds at the ends of words.
Rhyme Scheme
This is the regular pattern of rhyme found at the ends of lines in poems.
This is the musical quality created by a pattern of stressed and unstressed syllables.
Rising Action
This is the part of the plot where the conflict and suspense build.
Round Character
This is a person in a fictional work that is well-developed by the author.
This is writing that uses humor to ridicule or criticize individuals, ideas, or institutions in hopes of improving them.
Sensory Details
These are images help the reader see or hear or feel things. These are details that appeal to the senses.
This is the order in which things happen.
Sequential Order
This is the chronological, or time, order of events in a reading passage.
This is the time and place in which a literary work happens.
This is a comparison of two unlike things using the terms "like" or "as".
Situational Irony
This is when something happens that is the opposite of what was expected.
Slant Rhyme
This is the use of words with similar or inexact end sounds to create rhyme.
This is a long speech expressing the thoughts of a character who is alone on the stage.
This is a fourteen-line lyric poem, usually written in rhymed iambic pentameter.
Sound Devices
These are the sounds of words that poets use to enrich their poetry.
Stage Directions
This is information written in the script of a play to tell actors where to go or how to speak their lines.
This is a group of related lines in a poem, similar to a paragraph in prose.
Static Character
This is a person in a fictional work that does not change during the course of the action.
This refers to a writer's arrangement or overall design of a literary work. It is the way words, sentences, and paragraphs are organized to create a complete work.
This is the way an author expresses ideas through the use of kinds of words, literary devices, and sentence structure.
Stylistic Device
This is a device that not only helps establish an author's style but also gives power and effect to the language.
This is a secondary plot in a work of literature that either explains or helps to develop the main plot.
This is to state briefly.
This is a person, place, thing, or event that represents something more than itself in a literary work.
This is the use of objects or ideas that represent something other than themselves.
This is the main body of a piece of writing or any of the various forms in which writing exists, such as a book, a poem, an article, or a short story.
This is the message, usually about life or society, that an author wishes to convey through a literary work.
Third Person
This is a point of view where the author uses pronouns like he and she in telling a story.
Third Person Limited Point Of View
This is a point of view in which the narrator is outside the story and reveals the thoughts of only one character, who is referred to as "he" or "she."
This is the attitude that an author takes toward the audience, the subject, or a character.
This is used by a writer to show restraint or lack of emphasis in expression, as for rhetorical effect.
Universal Theme
This is the central message of a story, poem, novel, or play that many readers can apply to their own experiences, or to those of all people.
Verbal Irony
This is when someone says the opposite of what he or she really means.
Vivid Language
This is the use of words in a work that paints a mental picture for the reader.
Word Choice
This is another way of saying "diction." This can help reveal a) the tone of the work, b) connotations of meaning, and/or c) his style of writing
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