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classifications of imagery.
a familiar proverb or saying.
a literary work in which characters, objects, or actions,
the repetition of initial sounds in successive
or neighboring words.
a reference to something literary,
mythological, or historical that the author assumes the reader will recognize.
purposeful multiple meanings, as in pun and
an event object, custom, person, or thing that is out of its
natural order in time
breaking off a sentence using “…”
a comparison of two different things that are similar in
the repetition of words or phrases at the
beginning of consecutive lines or sentences.
a brief narrative that focuses on a particular incident or
person or force working against the
the word, phrase, or clause to which a pronoun refers.
an animal that takes on human characteristics
(walking, talking, etc.)
a central character or protagonist that lacks
traditional qualities or virtues
a statement in which two opposing or contrasting ideas are
a device used wherein a character addresses a dead, absent,
or imaginary person, thing or personified abstraction
a detail, image, or character type that occurs frequently in
literature and myth and is thought to be considered universal
a statement of the meaning of meaning or main
point of a literary work.
in drama, a convention by which actors speak briefly to the
audience, supposedly without being heard by the other actors on stage
repetition of a vowel sound.
a construction in which elements are presented in a series
effect of physical environment; the pervasive
mood or tone
a form of narrative poetry that presents a
single dramatic episode. Folk ballads
were originally sung or recited. Ballads
are song-like and often have refrains.
a patterned stanza in a ballad
insincere or overly sentimental quality of
writing/speech intended to evoke pity.
German term meaning “development novel”; the
protagonist may or may not be young, but will go through a maturation process
from innocence/naiveté to a point of realization
device, the use of harsh and displeasing sounds. The opposite of euphony.
: in a general sense, the
beat or rhythm of poetry
: the collective works of a particular author,
or a collective core of representative works in a genre
: like a chapter in a novel, a division in
a long epic or narrative poem
: the exaggeration of specific features of
appearance or personality
: Latin for “seize the day”. This is used to emphasize the brevity of life
and the finality of death.
: an outpouring of emotions, a
“cleansing.” Aristotle said tragedy
provided the audience with the opportunity to purge the emotions of pity and
: a pause in a line of poetry resulting from a
pause in the natural rhythm of the language and not necessarily indicated by
core of a writer’s assertion.
: a fictional entity in a literary work
: one that has a significant change in the
: a well-developed
: one that stays
the same throughout the story
: a character
that is not fully developed
: the method by which an author creates the
appearance and personality of imaginary persons and reveals their
character. Considerations for the
development of a character are direct
description, the character’s actions,], and external events or other characters
that affect the character’s “inner-self.”
a statement consisting of two parallel parts
in which the second part is structurally reversed. (“Susan walked in, and out
expression that has been overly used to the extent that it’s freshness has worn
point of highest interest in a literary work.
words or expressions not usually acceptable in formal writing.
literary genre in which the situation begins
badly, progresses well and the hero triumphs.
a way to lighten a narrative. Adding humor to
a “startling” extended metaphor., comparing
two vastly different things