Advertisement Upgrade to remove ads

Trope

A figure of speech involving the addition of a non-literal meaning to a word or phrase.

Trochee

A metrical foot consisting of two syllables, with the accent falling on the first (one strongly stressed syllable followed by one lightly stressed syllable.

Verisimilitude

The appearance of truth or reality in a fictional work of literature.

Voice

The sense of a specific personality, often imagined as an actual speaking voice, conveyed by the tone and style of a particular author, narrator, or speaker.

Tetrameter

Describes a line of metrical verse consisting of four feet.

Tone

The attitude an author conveys to the reader of a text; this may include the author's attitude toward the reader, the subject, or both.

Truncation

The omission of one or more syllables from a foot or line of metrical verse, resulting in a unit that is metrically incomplete.

Unities

The effects conveyed by a literary work (especially a play) in which the author adheres to one or more of the classical principles of dramatic structure (action, place and time)

Travesty

A work of literature that presents a serious or important subject in a trivial or ridiculous manner for the sake of humor, irony, parody, or satire

Terza Rima

A stanza form consisting of tercets, rhymed ABA BCB CDC DED etc.

Symbol

A concrete image that also suggests an abstract idea.

Litote

A figure of speech in which, a certain statement is expressed by denying its opposite

Thesis

A statement that presents an author's attitude or position regarding a given question; a proposition that an author plans to defend.

Theme

A key idea in a work of literature. typically some general or abstract idea that is made specific and concrete through the characters, plot, action, or imagery of the work.

Tercets

Any stanza of three lines, whether rhymed or unrhymed.

Villanelle

A complex verse form consisting of five tercets and a final quatrain.

Vernacular

The informal, common language spoken by a particular group of people, often in a specific geographical region (as opposed to the formal written language)

Syntax

The particular arrangement of words, phrases,and clauses in a sentence.

Tragedy

A narrative (especially a play) that portrays the downfall of a tragic hero or heroine in a serious and dignified manner.

Syncope

The contradiction of a single word through the omission of one or more letters.

Synaesthesia

The blending or confusion of multiple senses (hearing, sight, smell, taste, touch), used in the description of a single sense experiance.

Utopian Literature

Literature set in an ideal world.

Zeugma

The use of a single verb or preposition having two different objects, each of which requires the word to have a different degree of literal meaning. OR the use of a conjunction linking together a number of terms, not all of which are grammatically correct in relation to other elements of the sentence.

Please allow access to your computer’s microphone to use Voice Recording.

Having trouble? Click here for help.

We can’t access your microphone!

Click the icon above to update your browser permissions above and try again

Example:

Reload the page to try again!

Reload

Press Cmd-0 to reset your zoom

Press Ctrl-0 to reset your zoom

It looks like your browser might be zoomed in or out. Your browser needs to be zoomed to a normal size to record audio.

Please upgrade Flash or install Chrome
to use Voice Recording.

For more help, see our troubleshooting page.

Your microphone is muted

For help fixing this issue, see this FAQ.

Star this term

You can study starred terms together

NEW! Voice Recording

Create Set