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Allegory
A narrative verse or prose, in which ABSTRACT QUALITIES ARE PERSONIFIED AS CHARACTERS
Alliteration
Repetition of the same CONSONANT sounds, usually at teh beginning of words in close proximity
Allusion
A REFERENCE IN A LITERARY WORK to something outside the work, usually to some famous person, place, or event in ANOTHER LITERARY WORK
Analogy
A comparison that uses a known thing or concept to explain something unfamiliar
Apostrophe
A direct address to a person who is absent or to an abstract or inanimate entity
Assonance
The repetition of VOWEL in a line, sentence, or stanza
Blank Verse
Lines of unrhymed iambic pentameter
Characterization
Means of presenting and developing a character
Connotation
ASSOCIATIVE AND SUGGESTIVE meanings of a word, in contrast to its literal meaning
Consonance
Repetition of FINAL CONSONANT SOUNDS in stressed syllables
Couplet
Pair of rhymed lines
Denotation
The LITERAL DICTIONARY definition of a word
Epiphany
Sudden manifestation
Euphony
Languange embodying sounds pleasing to the ear
Exposition
Information supplied to the reader which states what happened before the story begins
Figurative Language
A general term covering the many ways in which language is used NONLITERALLY
Free Verse
Poetry, usually unrhymed, that doesn't follow traditional meter
Hyperbole
Emboides OVERSTATEMENT or EXAGGERATION
Imagery
Language that embodies an APPEAL to a physical sense, USUALLY SIGHT
Irony
Figurative language in which the intended meaning differs from the literal meaning
Lyric
A relatively short poem expressing the thought or feeling of a SINGLE SPEAKER, song accompanied by a lyre
Metaphor
A figurative expression consisting of two elements in which one element is provided with special attributes by being EQUATED with a second, UNLIKE ELEMENT.
Meter
Recurrent patterns of accented and unaccented syllables in verse
Ode
Long, serious poem on exalted subjects
Mood
Atmosphere of the work
Onomatopoeia
Language that SOUNDS like it means
Oxymoron
Contradictory ideas are combined to created a condenced paradox (DEAFINING SILENCE)
Pentameter
A line containing FIVE metrical feet
Personification
The ATTRIBUTION OF HUMAN QUALITIES to NONHUMAN things
Plot
A SERIES OF EVENTS in a story that bear a significant relationship to each other
Paradox
A statement that SEEMS SELF-CONTRADICTORY but is valid
Rhyme
The repetition of the final stressed vowel sound and any sounds following
Setting
The place, time, and social context in which a work occurs
Simile
Comparison of unlike things introduced by the words LIKE or AS
Soliloquy
Dramatic convention in which an actor, alone on the stage, speaks his thoughts aloud
Sonnet
Lyric poem of FOURTEEN LINES, usually of IAMBIC PENTAMETER
Stanza
The grouping of a fixed number of verse lines in a recurring metrical and rhyme pattern
Symbol
An object, action, or person that represents more than itself
Theme
The statement or underlying idea of a literary work, advanced through the concrete elements of character, action, and setting
Tone
The attitude embodied in the language a writer chooses
Verse
A stanza of a poem