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Literary Terms A-Z

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alliteration
repitition of the same or similar consonant sounds in words that are close together
allusion
reference to a statement, person, place, event, or thing that is known from literature to sports
anachronism
an event or detail that is innapropriate for the time period
analogy
comparison made between two things to show how they are alike
anecdote
very brief account of a particular incident
aside
in a play; words spoken by a character directly to the audienceor to another character but not overheard by the others onstage
assonance
the repitition of similar vowel sounds followed by different consonant sounds in words that are close together
atmosphere
mood or feeling in a work of literature
author
the writer of a literary work
autobiography
an account by a writer of his or her own life
ballad
song or song-like poem that tells a story
biography
an account of a person's life written or told by another person
blank verse
poetry written in unrhymed iambic pentameter
character
individual in a story, poem, or play
comedy
a story that ends happily
conflict
struggle or clash between opposing characters, forces, or emotions
connotations
all the meanings, associations, and/or emotions that a word suggests
dialect
a way of speaking that is characteristic of a particular region or group of people
dialogue
converstion between two or more characters
diction
writer's or speaker's choice of words
drama
story that is witten to be acted for an audience
epic
long narrative poem that relates the great deeds of a larger-than-life hero who embodies the values of a particular society