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A reference in one work of literature to a person, place, or event in another work of literature, or in history, art, or music.
A brief account of an interesting, or amusing incident. Often used as evidence to support, or explain an idea, or it may be used to entertain readers or reveal the personality of the author, or of another person.
A person, or force in society, or nature that opposes the protagonist, or central character in a literary work.
A form of discourse in which reason is used to influence, or change people's ideas, or actions.
Words spoken by a character in a play, usually in an undertone, not intented to be heard by the iother characters on stage.
The mood, or emotional quality of a literary work. Often created with details about people and setting.
The author's reason for writing. For example; the purpose may be to persuade, to express an opinion, or to inform.
Verse written in unryhymed iambic pentameter, where each line usually contains ten syllables and every other syllable is stressed.
The personality a character displays; also, the means by which an author reveals that personality.
Persons or animals, things or natural forces presented as person appearing in a short story, novel, play, or narrative poem.
A five-line poem or stanza that follows a specific pattern of syllables. The first line has two syllables, the next has four, then six, then eight, then the fifth line has two again.
The ending of a piece of writing that provides closure to the piece and expresses the author's feelings about his/her experience.
A struggle between two opposing forces or characters in a short story, novel, play, or narrative poem.
A point of great tension in a narrative that determines how the action will come out.
A story acted out, usually on stage, by actors and actresses who take the parts of specific characters.
A device whereby the audience understands more of a situation or of what is being said than the character is aware of.
A character who undergoes an important and basic changes in personality or outlook.
A piece of prose writing, usually short, that deals with a subject in a limited way and expresses a particular point of view.
A type of comedy based on a farfetched humorous situation, often with ridiculous or stereotyped characters.
A literary device in which an earlier episode, conversation, or event is inserted into the chronological sequence of a narrative.
Figure of Speech
A term applied to a speific kind of figurative language, such as a metaphor or similie.
Two consecutive lines of rhyming poetry that are written in iambic pentameter and that contain a complete thought.
The main character in a literary work, typically one whose character or deeds inspire the admiration of the reader.
A contrast or an incongruity between what is stated and really meant, or between what is expected to happen and actually does happen.
A story handed down from the past through the oral tradition and commonly believed to be based on historical events.
The use of specific details to re-create the language, custins, geography, and habits of a particular area.
A style of writing it which realistic deatils, events, settings, characrters, and dialouge are interwoven with magical, bizarre, fantastic, or supernatural elements.
A type of narrative nonfiction that presents the story of a peroid in a person's life and is usually written from the first person point of view.
A comparsion between two unlike thinigs with the intent of giving added meaning to one of them.
A tradional story or an anonymous origin that deals with goddesses, gods, heros, and supernatural events.
Any prose narrative that tells about things as they actually happened or that presents factual info about something.
A situation or statement that includes two parts, both of which are true but seem to condridict each other.
The use of phrases, clauses, or sentences that are similar or complementary in structure or in meaning.
A figure of speech in which an animal, an object, a natural force, or an idea is given personality or described as if it were human.
The type of speaking or writing that is intented to make its audience adopt a certain opinion or preform a certain action or do both.
A word, phrase, line, or group of lines repeated regularly in a poem, usually at the end of each line.
the repetition of sound in two or more words or phrases that usually appear close together to each other in a poem.
A kind of writing that holds up to a ridicule contempt, the weaknesses or wrongdoings of individuals, groups, institutions, or humanity in general.
A comparison made between two dissimilar things through the use of a specific word of comparison such as like, as, than, or resembles.
A speech, usually lengthy, in which a character, alone on stange expresses his/her thoughts.
The quality of a literary work that makes the reader or audience uncertain or tense about the outcome of events.
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