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Literary Terms English
A set of literary terms and their meanings
The device of using character and/or story elements symbolically. The allegorical meaning usually deals with moral truth.
The repetition of sounds, especially initial consonant sounds in two or more neighboring words. The repetition can inforce meaning, unify ideas, and/or supply a musical sound.
A direct or indirect reference to something which is presumably commonly known, such as an event, book, myth, place, or work of art.
The multiple meanings, either intentional or unintentional, of a word, phrase, sentence, or passage.
A similarity or comparison that can explain something unfamiliar by associating it with or pointing out its similarity to something more familiar.
The word, phrase, or clause referred to by a pronoun.
Expresses a general truth or a moral principle. Can be a memorable summation of the authors point.
Directly addresses an absent or imaginary person or an abstract idea such as liberty or love.
The emotional mood created by the entirety of a literary work.
A grammatical unit that contains both a subject and a verb. An independent or main clause expresses a complete thought. A dependent or subordinate clause cannot stand alone as a sentence.
The use of slang it informalities in speech or writing. Colloquial expressions include local or regional dialects.
An unusual comparison being made
The implied, suggested meaning of a word.
The literal, dictionary definition of a word.
Diction refers to the writer's word choices; helps create the writer's style.
Teaching of moral or ethical principles
Euphemisms are a less offensive substitute for a generally unpleasant word or concept
A metaphor developed at great length.
Writing usually meant to be imaginative and vivid
Figure of Speech
Figures of Speech include apostrophe, hyperbole, irony, metaphor, oxymoron, paradox, personification, and simile.
This term describes traditions for each genre
The major category into which a literary work fits.
This term literally means "sermon" but more informally, it can include any serious talk, speech, or lecture involving moral or spiritual advice.
A figure of speech using deliberate exaggeration or overstatement
The sensory details or figurative language used to describe, arouse emotion, or represent abstractions.
To draw a reasonable conclusion from the information presented.
An emotionally violent, verbal denunciation or attack using strong, abusive language.
The contrast between what is stated explicitly and what is really meant.
A type of sentence in which the main idea comes first, followed by dependent grammatical units such as phrases and clauses.
The telling of a story, or an account of an event or series of events.
Contradictory terms suggest a paradox, such as
Also referred to as parallel construction or parallel structure, this term comes from Greek roots meaning "beside one another."
"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times."
A work that closely imitates the style or content of another with the specific aim of comic effect and/or ridicule.
An adjective that describes words, phrases, or general tone that is overly scholarly, academic, or bookish.
A sentence that presents its central meaning in a main clause at the end
A figure of speech in which the author presents or describes concepts, animals, or inanimate objects by endowing them with human attributes or emotions.
Point of View
In literature, the perspective from which a story is told.