Literary Terms and Devices

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Literary Terms and Devices
2012-01-17 22:38:05
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  1. Alliteration
    The repetition of a beginning consonant sound within a phrase or sentence
  2. Assonance
    The repition of identical or similar vowel sounds gound with or at the end of words and phrases
  3. Allusion
    A direct or indirect reference to a significant person, event, time, or work of literature
  4. Analogy
    Compares similar concepts, characters, or works of literature so the reader better understands a difficult idea
  5. Consonance
    The repition of consonant sounds within or at the end of words in a phrase or sentence
  6. Euphimism
    A polite word or phrase used in place of an offensive or crude word or phrase
  7. Hyperbole
    Uses axaggeration to provoke strong emotion, to create humor, or to make a point
  8. Idiom
    An expression that is clear only to those who are familiar with the language of its literal meaning
  9. Imagery
    The use of figurative language to paint a sensory picture for the reader
  10. Irony
    What results when the actual outcome differs from what is expected
  11. Metaphor
    Compares similar things or ideas without using the the words like or as
  12. Onomatopoeia
    A word that sounds like the action or thing they describe or represent
  13. Oxymoron
    Combines 2 words of contasting meanings to convey a single idea or thought
  14. Patadox
    A statement that initially seems to contradict itself but in fact includes a fundamental truth
  15. Personification
    Attributing human characteristics to inanimate objects, natural forces, animals, or ideas
  16. Pun
    Uses similar or identical sounding words to create an alternate meaning to the sentence in which it is used
  17. Simile
    Compares different things or ideas by using the words like or as
  18. Antagonist
    The character who opposes the central ccharacter causing conflict
  19. Characterization
    Uses direct and indirect methods to describe qualities and features of a person within a literary work
  20. Climax
    Marks the place in a literary work that is the most significant to the main character and to the plot
  21. Connotation
    The emotional, cultural, or suggested meaning thought of when hearing a word or phrase
  22. Conflict
    The struggle between 2 or more forces internal and external that drive the plot
  23. Dialogue
    The representation of conversation within a literary work
  24. Figurative Language
    The use of words to affect a mraning other than the usual or literal meaning of those words
  25. Flashback
    A scene that takes a place earlier than the current time of the story
  26. Foreshadowing
    An occurence, feeling, or object that forewarns of an event and which is only a fully understood in hindsight
  27. Genre
    Describes the various classification of literary works such as comedy, fantacy, or mystery
  28. Plot
    The order in which the author has chosen to convey the events of a literary work
  29. Point of view
    The position from which a literary work is told to the reader
  30. Resolution or Denouement
    The Event in a story that occurs after the climax but before the actual end of the story
  31. Setting
    The location and time period in which the plot takes place
  32. Style
    How the author;s specific use of words makes one's writing distinctive
  33. Symbol
    A thing, person, or place that is presented as a representation of a larger meaning
  34. Theme
    An abstract idea such as ambition, duty, freedom, jealousy, love, and truth that dominates a literary work