Literary Terms Page 1

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  1. couplet
    a pair of rhyming lines, usually of the same length and meter
  2. image
    a word or phrase that appeals to one or more of the five senses
  3. rhyme
    the repetition of sounds at the end of words
  4. anecdote
    a brief story about an interesting, amusing, or strange event
  5. metaphor
    a figure of speech in which one thing is spoken of as though it were something else
  6. haiku
    a three-line verse form in which the first and third lines each have five syllables and the second line has seven syllables
  7. onomatopoeia
    the use of words that imitate sounds
  8. hyperbole
    a deliberate exaggeration or overstatement
  9. speaker
    the imaginary voice assumed by the writer of a poem
  10. rhythm
    the pattern of beats, or stresses, in spoken or written language
  11. tragedy
    a work of literature, especially a play, that results in a catastrophe for the main character
  12. tanka
    consists of five unrhymed lines with a pattern of five, seven, five, seven, seven syllables
  13. science-fiction
    writing that tells about imaginary events that involve science or technology
  14. narrator
    a speaker or character who tells a story
  15. monologue
    a speech by one character in a play, story, or poem
  16. epic
    a long narrative or narrative poem about the deeds of gods or heroes
  17. extended metaphor
    a suject is described as though it were something else, usuing several comparisons for several lines or for an entire poem
  18. allegory
    a story or tale with two or more levels of meaning - a literal level and one or more symbolic levels
  19. fiction
    prose writing that tells about imaginary characters and events
  20. foreshadowing
    the use in a literary work of clues that suggest events that have yet to occur, helping to create suspense and keeping the readers wondering what will happen next
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