How can we help?

You can also find more resources in our Help Center.

25 terms

Praxis 041 English Literature Part 5

Literary Terms
STUDY
PLAY
Antagonist
A character or force in conflict with the main character (Protagonist)
Antithesis
a statement in which two opposing ideas are balanced
Anastrophe
inversion of the usual, normal, or logical order of the parts of a sentence. purpose is rhythm or emphasis or euphony. it is a fancy word for inversion.
Aphorism
a short pithy instructive saying
Anticlimax
a change from a serious subject to a disappointing one
Apocalypse
a prophetic revelation, especially one concerning the end of the world
Archetype
A symbol, story pattern, or character type that is found in the literature of many cultures. Example: Children of opposite qualities born of the same parents
Blank verse
unrhymed verse (usually in iambic pentameter)
Burlesque
a composition that imitates somebody's style in a humorous way
Caricature
a representation of a person that is exaggerated for comic effect
Caesura
a break or pause (usually for sense) in the middle of a verse line
Catastrophe
an event resulting in great loss and misfortune
Catharsis
an extreme change in emotion, occurring as the result of experiencing strong feelings: a purging.
Conceit
a fanciful expression, usually in the form of an extended metaphor or surprising analogy between seemingly dissimilar objects
Cliche
a worn-out idea or overused expression
Connotation
what you must know in order to determine the reference of an expression
Consonance
the repetition of consonants (or consonant patterns) especially at the ends of words
Closet Drama
drama more suitable for reading that for performing
Couplet
a stanza consisting of two successive lines of verse
Denouement
the final resolution of the main complication of a literary or dramatic work
Diction
the manner in which something is expressed in words
Discourse
an extended communication (often interactive) dealing with some particular topic
Epiphany
a moment of sudden revelation or insight
Epilogue
a short passage added at the end of a literary work
Exposition
a systematic interpretation or explanation (usually written) of a specific topic