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Alliteration
the repetition of consonant sounds in poetry
Allusion
a reference to something in previous literature or history
Ambiguity
language that has more than one meaning
Ambivalence
when people have contradictory emotions towards the same thing
Analogy
a comparison of two things
Antagonist
the character directly opposed to the protagonist
Apollonian
literature that stands for reason, order, culture and moral rectitude
Assonance
similarity in sounds between vowels in two or more stressed syllables
Avant-garde
new writing that shows striking innovation
Ballad
a simple poem
Cacophony
a hash combination of sounds
Comic relief
a humorous scene to relive tension
Consonance
the repetition of consonant sounds followed by vowel sounds
Couplet
two lines of verses with similar end rhymes
Didactic
literature intended to teach moral lessons
Double-entendre
an expression intended to be humorous with two interpretations
Dramatic irony
the words or acts of a character carry a meaning understood by the audience but not character
Dramatic monologue
a lyric poem about a dramatic event that, told to another unspeaking character, which reveals character of the speaking person
Dynamic character
a character who changes as a result of the plot
End-stopped lines
lines of poetry that end both grammatically and in its sense
Epiphany
a quick flash of recognition where something is understood in a new way
Euphemism
the use of a non-offensive word or expression for one that is harsh
Falling action
the resolution to a story or plot
Foil
a character who is used as an contrast to another
Hyperbole
an unliteral exaggeration
Innuendo
an indirect suggestion that can have harmful things implied
Irony
A situation with some type of discrepancy
Jargon
difficult words or expressions that protain to a certain group or profession
Juxtaposition
the placement of two images or symbols close together for the purpose of comparison or contrast.
Lyric
a brief subjective poem
Melodrama
a romantic plot that makes excessive appeal towards the readers emotions
Metaphor
a figure of speech comparing two things
Meter
the recurrence of rhythmic pattern in poetry
Motif
a recurring name, phrase, or image in literature
Paradox
a contradictory/untrue statement that proves to be true
Periodic sentence
a sentence in which the meaning is withheld until the end of the sentence
Personification
giving inhuman or inanimate objects human characteristics
Point of view
Point of view in which the story is told from
Protagonist
the main character in a piece of literature
Rhetoric
the presentation of facts in a clear, convincing, and attractive language
Rhyme Scheme
the pattern of rhyming sounds in a poem
rising action
the plot deepens, tension rises
simile
a comparison using like or as
Soliloquy
An author's way to show inner thoughts of a character by having it said aloud
Stoicism
the belief that whatever is experienced must be endured
Theme
the authors message about life
Tragedy
A play in which the protagonist is overcome with obstacles.
Understatement
a dramatic or humorous effect of less importance than expected
Verisimilitude
the relationship of the novel to reality
Vulgarism
a common word or expression that is not good in its use