Literary Terms 2 (from AMSCO'S AP Literature and Composition)
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The multiple meanings, either intentional or unintentional, of a word, phrase, sentence, or passage.
When an author explains an unfamiliar concept by comparing it with a familiar one.
A character or force in conflict with the main character
Central character who lacks all the qualities traditionally associated with heroes. may lack courage, grace, intelligence, or moral scruples.
a very typical example of a certain person or thing - appears across literature, myth, religion and folklore
a line spoken by an actor to the audience but not intended for others on the stage
A poem about dawn; a morning love song; or a poem about the parting of lovers at dawn
A harsh, discordant mixture of sounds
a release of emotional tension; Aristotle mentions it in his work about tragedy
A humorous scene or speech intended to lighten the mood
a foot of poetry consisting of a stressed syllable followed by two unstressed syllables
deus ex machina
In literature, the use of an artificial device or gimmick to solve a problem.
"A work ""designed to impart information advice or some doctrine of morality or philosophy."""
a witty saying or short poem expressing a single thought or observation
a short work on a single topic expressing the author's view
The opposite of literal; personification, simile, metaphor, etc.
a scene in a movie, novel, etc., set in a time earlier than the main story.
a major category or type of literature
excessive pride or self-confidence; often a tragic flaw in Greek tragedy
Writing that calls on the five sense
in media res
a work that begins in the middle of the action
A word inside a line rhymes with another word on the same line
a poem that does not tell a story but expresses the personal feelings or thoughts of a speaker
the rhythmic pattern of a poem
a transformation of character - could be physical or emotional
a poem that tells a story
A simple story used to illustrate a moral or spiritual lesson
A work that closely imitates the style or content of another with the specific aim of comic effect and/or ridicule.
a work that celebrates the simple rural life
the character around whom the story revolves