Literary Terms

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allegory

narrative thats an extended metaphor

allusion

reference

anapestic

meter pattern

aubade

poem about dawn

blank verse

poem that doesn't rhyme

climax

height of story

connotation

associations with a word

dactylic

meter pattern

David Copperfield

Dicken's character

denotation

real meaning of word

diction

how a word is said

dramatic irony

ironic, we know something character doesn't

edenic imagery

garden of eden imagery

Emerson

transcendentalist author

engfish

rambling language

enjambment

change in tempo, word rap

epiphany

character realizes something

faustian pact

sell soul to devil

figure of speech

not literal

modernism

WW1+ 2 literary movement, dislocation and isolation

speaker

telling a poem

structure

way a story is built

stream of consciousness

follow river of mind, like Holden

first person narrator

uses I, we

folio

pamphlet, what shakespeare wrote on

frame story

told from someone else

genre

type of literature

globe theater

where shakespeare's plays were performed

syntax

word order

groundlings

people on ground at globe theater

hyperbole

exaggerated comparison

Phaeton

sun of son god who breaks chariot

iambic

shape of unit (meter)

iambic pentameter

meter shakespeare used

image

picture

metaphor

indirect comparison

meter

how things sound, etc

motif

something reoccurring in a story

oxymoron

two things opposite, together

paradox

sentence thats an oxymoron

personification

giving human like characteristics to something not human

prologue

before a story, gives background

pun

funny, double meaning

rhyme

in poems

Rosaline

who romeo is initially in love with

setting

time and place

simile

direct comparison

situational irony

ironic situation

soliloquy

monologue revealing thoughts and feelings

narrator

someone who tells a story

stanislavski bit

meter

symbol

something that represents something else

theme

authors message

third person limited

uses he, only knows his thoughts

third person omniscient

uses he, knows everyones thoughts

tone

mood, vibe

trochaic

meter

unreliable narrator

not trustworthy narrator

voice

writing style

meter

mono- 1, di- 2, tri- 3, etc

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