Literary Terms Vocab
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Literary Terms Vocab
The repetition of consonant sounds at the beginning of words
A passing reference to historical or fictional characters, places, or events, or to other works that the writer assumes the reader will know
A comparison of similar things the purpose being to use something familiar to explain something unfamiliar.
The inversion of the usual order of words
In drama, when actors speak to the audience, without being heard by the others on stage.
An account of all/part of a person's life written by that person.
Narrative poetry that represents a single dramatic episode which is tragic or violent. Tell stories in unhappy love affairs, family feuds, murders etc.
An account of someone's life written by someone else.
Poetry written in unrhymed iambic pentameter.
Descriptive writing that exaggerates specific features of appearance or personality, usually for comic effect.
The power of tragedy to purge emotions or pity and fear.
An expression that has been over-used.
A word or phrase in everyday use in conversation and informal writing, but sometimes inappropriate in formal writing.
The images carried by a word, as opposed to the word's literal meaning.
The version of a language spoken by people of a particular region.
moment of revelation or profound insight
Adjective or adjective phrase applied to a person to emphasize a characteristic quality
Language that contains figures of speech, are expressions that make comparisons meant to be interpreted imaginatively rather than literally.
Poetry that does not rhyme or have a regular meter.
Obvious extravagant exaggeration or overstatement
The making of "pictures in words"
An implied analogy in which one thing is imaginatively compared with another. Dissimilar things.
Form of literature that blends ironic humor and wit with criticism for the purpose of ridiculing.
Figure of speech that uses like, as, or as if, to compare two objects that share some aspect of similarity
When a character in a play, alone on stage, speaks his or her thoughts aloud.
The ordering of words into phrases and sentences.
A word, phrase, or sentence of writing that serves as a link in writing.
The everyday spoken language of the people in a particular locality.