Advertisement Upgrade to remove ads

alliteration

repetition of accented consonant sounds at the beginning of words EX big, bad, barking dog

allusion

reference in literature to a previous literature EX the Bible

analogy

clarifies or explains an unfamiliar concept EX as black as the night

denouement

outcome or clarification at the end of a story EX when finny dies

analysis

process of examining the components of a literary work

assonance

repeated use of vowel sound EX how now brown cow

consonance

same consonant sounds being used with different vowel sounds EX work, stack, ark

rhyme

repetition of accented vowel sounds and all succeeding sounds in words that appear close to each other

end rhyme

rhyming words that appear at the end of a poetic line

exact rhyme

words that exactly repeat a sound

internal rhyme

rhyme occuring within a line

approximate rhyme

rhyme in which the final sounds of words are similar but not identical

opnomatopoeia

musical device often used by poets, imitates or suggests a meaning EX moans of doves, murmuring of bees

foil

a character whose contrasting characteristics draw attention to that of the main character EX tybalt is romeo's foil

foreshadowing

hints at what is to come EX edward's cold skin foreshadows him being a vampire

free verse

poetry without regular rhyme or rhythm

genre

category a work fits into

hubris

tragic flaw that leads to downfall EX arrogance, pride

hyperbole

extreme exaggeration for literary effect

euphemism

substitution of a word that would have been harsh or embarassing

similie

comparison using like, as or so

paradox

statement that seems impossible at first but later reveals meaning and shows itself

diction

deliberate choice of words or style of language for desired effect or tone

metonymy

figure of speech that replaces the name of something with a word or phrase closely associated with it

enjambment

running over of a sentence from one verse or stanze without stopping at the end of the first

ballad

folk song or poem that tells a story

blank verse

unrhymed poetry of iambic pentameter

figurative language

uses figures of speech such as a metaphor or similie to appeal to one's senses

refrain

repetition of a line, stanze, or phrase

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