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alliteration
the repition of usually initial consonant sounds in two or more neighboring words or syllables
allusion
an implied or indirect reference especially in literature
analogy
inference that if two or more things agree with one another in some respects they will probably agree in others
aphorism
a concise statement of sound in words or syllables
autobiography
the biography of a person narrated by him/herself
beat poetry
coffessional or protest against conformity
character
a person represented in a drama, story, etc.
charcterization
the artisitc representation (as in ficiont or drama) of human character or motives
climax
the point of highest dramatic tension or a major turning point in the action (as of a play)
confessional poetry
when a poet exposes personal or a secret feature about themselves
conflict
the opposition of persons or forces that gives rise to the dramatic action in a drama or a fiction
connotation
the suggesting of a meaning by a word apart from the thing it explicitly names or discribes
consonance
recurrance or correspondence of sounds especially at the end of stressed syllables without the similar correspondence of vowels
couplet
to successive lines of verse forming a unit marked usually by rhythmic correspndence, rhyme, or the inclusion of a self-contained utterance
denotation
a direct specific meaning as distinct from an implied or associated idea
denouement
the outcome of a complex sequence of events
diction
pronunciation and enunciation of words in singing or speaking
drama
a movie or television production with chracters (as conflict) of a serious play; can also be within a form of literature
dramatic irony
a situation grasped by the audience but not the characters
epigraph
a quotation set at the beginning of a literary work or one of its divisions to suggest its theme
extended metaphor
a comparision between two essentially unlike things that never the less have something in common
fiction
something invented by the imagination or feigned; an invented story
first-person point of view
narratives told through the eyes of the protagonist
flashback
a past invident recurring vividly in the mind
foil
when a character has certain traits to make the protagonist look better
foot
in an established position or state
foreshadowing
to represent, indicate, or typify before hand
free verse
verse whose meter is irregular in some respect or whose rhythm is not metrical
gothic fiction
the predecessor of modern horror fiction and is the source of the connection between "gothic" and the dark and horrific
haiku
an unrhymed verse form of Japenese prigin having three lines containing five, seven, and five syllables respectively
hero
the prinicpal male character in a literary or dramatic work
humor
something that is or is designed to be comical or amusing
imagery
figurtive language; mental images
imagism
a 20th century movement in poetry advocating free verse and the expression of ideas and emotions through clear precise images
innocent eye
a point of view where a naive character serves as the narrator
irony
the use of words to express something other than and especially the opposite of the literal meaning
local color
the presentation of the features and peculiarities of a particular locality and its inhabitants in writing
denotation
a direct specific meaning as distinct from an implied or associated idea