Literary Terms (Allegory - Colloquialism)

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  1. Allegory
    A story or poem in which characters,settings, and events stand for other people or events or for abstract ideas or qualities.
  2. Alliteration
    Repetition of the same or similar consonant sounds in words that are close together.
  3. Allusion
    Reference to someone or something that is known from somewhere outside the work in which it is included. And indirect reference to something (usually from literature, etc.).
  4. Ambiguity
    Deliberately suggesting two or more different, and sometimes conflicting, meanings in a word. And event or situation that may be interpreted in more than one way.
  5. Analogy
    Comparison made between two things to show how they are alike.
  6. Anaphora
    Repetition of a word, phrase, or clause at the beginning of who or more sentences in a row.
  7. Anastrophe
    Inversion of the usual, normal, or logical order of the parts of a sentence (A fancy word for inversion).
  8. Anecdote
    Brief story, told to illustrate a point or serve as an example of something, often shows character of an individual.
  9. Antagonist
    Opponent who struggles against or blocks the hero, or protagonist, in a story.
  10. Antithesis
    Balancing words, phrases, or ideas that are strongly contrasted, often by means of grammatical structure.
  11. Antihero
    Central character who lacks all the qualities traditionally associated with heroes. May lack courage, grace, intelligence, or moral scruples.
  12. Aphorism
    Brief, cleverly worded statement that makes a wise observation about life, or of a principle or accepted truth.
  13. Apostrophe
    Calling out to an imaginary, dead, or absent person, or to a place or thing, or a personified abstract idea.
  14. Assonance
    The repetition of similar vowel sounds followed by different consonant sounds especially in words that are together.
  15. Asyndeton
    Commas used without conjunction to separate a series of words, thus emphasizing the parts equally (The opposite of polysyndeton).
  16. Direct Characterization
    The author tells us directly what the character is like: sneaky, generous, mean, and so on.
  17. Static Character
    A character who does not change much in the course of a story.
  18. Dynamic Character
    A character who changes in some important way as a result of the story's action.
  19. Chiasmus
    Balance in which the second part is syntactically balanced against the first, but with the parts reversed (Flowers are lovely, love is flowerlike).
  20. Cliche
    A word of phrase, often a figure of speech, that has become lifeless because of overuse.
  21. Colloquialism
    A word or phrase in everyday use in conversation and informal writing but is inappropriate for formal situations.
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Literary Terms (Allegory - Colloquialism)
2013-01-12 16:24:25

Literary terms to know for the midterm, from Allegory to Colloquialism
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