verse in which certain letters such as the first in each line form a word or message
an expressive style that uses fictional characters and events to describe some subject by suggestive resemblances
a brief reference to a person, place, thing, event, or idea in history or literature
A character or force in conflict with the main character
a protagonist who lacks the characteristics that would make him a hero (or her a heroine)
A work of literature, or a part of a work of literature, that presents unideal experience; a literary world of total bondage and the absence of the ideal.
common, easy to recognize literary characteristics of Hebrew poetry in which two lines stand in sharp contrast to each other
a short saying stating a general truth
in Greek literally means "to uncover" or "to reveal"; stories usually involving war or a final battle that are used as a message of hope to a people/community that is oppressed
addressing something nonhuman as if it were human
the original pattern or model from which all things of the same kind are copied or on which they are based; a model or first form; prototype.
(v.) to adorn or embellish; to display conspicuously; to publish or proclaim widely
In the Gospels, stories in which Jesus calls a person to follow him or to respond to a command.
The type of poetic parallelism where the second line of a poetic couplet echoes part of the first line and adds a phrase to it extending and completing its sense.
light and humorous drama with a happy ending
Gospel stories that narrate Jesus' controversies with an opposing person or group.
final outcome; final development of the plot of a play or other literary work; the end of a story when everything is explained
intended to teach or instruct
This occurs when the audience or reader knows more than the characters know.
a poem in which a speaker addresses a silent listener
special design or visual object representing a quality, type, group, etc.
A love poem that lists the features of the beloved and compares them to objects or emblems in nature or human experience.
a formal expression of praise
Gospel stories in which a person is confronted with the claims of Jesus, which that person must either accept or reject.
a long narrative poem telling of a hero's deeds
a moment of sudden revelation or insight
a letter or literary composition in letter form
a poem written in celebration of marriage
any word or phrase applied to a person or thing to describe an actual or attributed quality
The art of interpreting or discovering the meaning of a text. It usually involves close reading and special attention to figurative language.
The introductory material which gives the setting, creates the tone, presents the characters, and presents other facts necessary to understanding the story.
writing that explains or informs
a mournful poem
the formation of a mental image of something that is not perceived as real and is not present to the senses
a kind of literary or artistic work