Literary Terms A-Z

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alliteration

repitition of the same or similar consonant sounds in words that are close together

allusion

reference to a statement, person, place, event, or thing that is known from literature to sports

anachronism

an event or detail that is innapropriate for the time period

analogy

comparison made between two things to show how they are alike

anecdote

very brief account of a particular incident

aside

in a play; words spoken by a character directly to the audienceor to another character but not overheard by the others onstage

assonance

the repitition of similar vowel sounds followed by different consonant sounds in words that are close together

atmosphere

mood or feeling in a work of literature

author

the writer of a literary work

autobiography

an account by a writer of his or her own life

ballad

song or song-like poem that tells a story

biography

an account of a person's life written or told by another person

blank verse

poetry written in unrhymed iambic pentameter

character

individual in a story, poem, or play

comedy

a story that ends happily

conflict

struggle or clash between opposing characters, forces, or emotions

connotations

all the meanings, associations, and/or emotions that a word suggests

dialect

a way of speaking that is characteristic of a particular region or group of people

dialogue

converstion between two or more characters

diction

writer's or speaker's choice of words

drama

story that is witten to be acted for an audience

epic

long narrative poem that relates the great deeds of a larger-than-life hero who embodies the values of a particular society

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