A form of nonfiction in which a writer tells the life story of another person.
Ex: Carl Sandburg's Abe Lincoln Grows Up is a biography of President Lincoln.
Poetry written in unrhymed iambic pentameter.
Ex: Robert Frost's "Birches"
A person or an animal that takes part in the action of a literary work.
The act of creating and developing a character.
A five-line stanza.
An approach to literature and the other arts that stresses reason, balance, clarity, ideal beauty, and orderly form in imitation of the arts of ancient Greece and Rome.
The high point of interest or suspense in a literary work.
Ex: Jack London's "To Build a Fire" reaches its climax when the man realizes that he is going to freeze to death.
A struggle between opposing forces.
An association that a word calls to mind in addition to the dictionary meaning of the word.
Ex: "Be beautiful, noble, like the antique ant."
The repetition of similar final consonant sounds at the ends of words or accented syllables.
A two-line stanza.
The turning point for the protagonist- the point at which the protagonist's situation or understanding changes dramatically.
Ex: In Bernard Malamud's "The First Seven Years", the crisis occurs when Feld recognizes that Sobel loves Miriam.
A word's objective meaning, independent of other associations that the word brings to mind.