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Literary Terms for Final Review
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a short speech, delivered to the audience or to another character, that others onstage are not supposed to hear.
poetry written in unrhymed iambic pentameter.
a character that by contrast highlights or enhances the distinctive characteristics of another character.
two consecutive lines of poetry that rhyme.
in this type of irony, facts or events are unknown to a character in a play or a piece of fiction but known to the reader, audience, or other characters in the work.
the use of hints and clues to suggest what will happen later in a plot.
a figure of speech that uses exaggeration to express strong emotion, make a point, or evoke humor.
a common meter in poetry consisting of an unrhymed line with five feet or accents, each foot containing an unaccented syllable and an accented syllable.
a figure of speech comparing two unlike things without using like or as.
a (usually long) dramatic speech by a single actor.
a figure of speech consisting of two apparently contradictory terms.
the act of attributing human characteristics to abstract ideas, etc.
a play on words, often achieved through the use of words with similar sounds but different meanings.
a comparison using "like" or "as."
a character speaks alone on stage to allow his/her thoughts and ideas to be conveyed to the audience.
a central message or insight into life revealed through a literary work.
a flaw/weakness in the tragic hero which leads to their downfall/death.
a privileged, exalted character of high repute, who, by virtue of a tragic flaw and fate, suffers a fall from glory.
use of the same consonant at the beginning of each stressed syllable in a line of verse
the process by which the writer reveals the personality of a character
opposition in a work of drama or fiction between characters or forces (especially an opposition that motivates the development of the plot)
the implied or associative meaning of a word
the writer tells us directly what a character's personality is like
the character is revealed through their personality, appearance, words, actions, and effect on others
a dramatic work intended for performance by actors on a stage
a long narrative poem telling of a hero's deeds
a simile developed over several lines of verse
a problem or struggle between a character and someone or something outside of the character
the introductory material which gives the setting, creates the tone, presents the characters, and presents other facts necessary to understanding the story
events after the climax, leading to the resolution
a literary work based on the imagination and not necessarily on fact
Writing or speech that is used to create vivid impressions by setting up comparisons between dissimilar things, [examples are metaphor, simile, and personification.
First Person Point of View
the narrator is a character in the story and used words like I, me, we
a scene or event from the past that appears in a narrative out of chronological order, to fill in information or explain something in the present
unrhymed verse without a consistent metrical pattern
Description that appeals to the senses (sight, sound, smell, touch, taste)
a struggle between opposing needs, desires, or emotions within a single character
A form of language in which writers and speakers mean exactly what their words denote.
the feeling created in the reader by a literary work or passage
the person telling the story. A narrator can be in 1st , 2nd, or 3rd Person
a printed and bound book that is an extended work of fiction
Omniscient Point of View
the point of view where the narrator knows everything about the characters and their problems - told in the 3rd person.
a poem structure that does not follow established rules for form
the ending to the story that states the final outcome of the conflict and/or what might lie ahead for the characters in the story.
events leading up to the climax
the time, place, and environment in which action takes place
occurs when the outcome of a work is unexpected, or events turn out to be the opposite from what one had expected
the person speaking in the poem, like the narrator in prose - not always the poet
a group of lines in a poem
uncertainty or anxiety the reader feels about what is going to happen next in a story
Third Person Limited Point of View
narrator outside the story sees the world through one character's eyes and reveals only that character's thoughts.
a main character in an epic whose legendary or heroic actions are central to his/her culture, race, or nation
poetry that follows fixed rules; has regular rhythm and rhyme pattern
the quality of something (an act or a piece of writing) that reveals the attitudes and presuppositions of the author
a figure of speech in which what is said is the opposite of what is meant
an appeal based on logic or reason
appeal to ethics
appeal to emotion
the point of highest interest in a literary work
a pattern of stressed and unstressed syllables in poetry
Line in Poetry
sentence in poetry
the beat of a poem
repeated use of sounds, words, or ideas for effect and emphasis
descriptive word or phrase
the use of words that imitate sounds
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