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Abstract
Having to do w/ concepts or qualities that cannot be directly seen or touched, such as love, justice, truth, beauty, and liberty.
Allegory
A story or poem in which characters, settings, and events stand for other people or events or for abstract ideas
Alliteration
Repetition of the same/similar constant sounds
Allusion
Refrence to something from some branch of culture.
Analogy
A comparison made between two things to show how they are alike
Anecdote
a brief story told to illustrate a point or serve as an example of something
Antagonist
The opponent who struggles against the hero/protaganist. The villian
Apostrophe
A technique by which a writer addresses something that is dead or absent.
Assonance
The repetitition of vowel sounds
Audience
The people whom the writer is directing his words too
Autobiography
An account of a writer's own life.
Ballad
A song or poem that tells a story
Biography
An account of someone's life by someone else.
Blank Verse poetry
Poetry written w/ unrhymed iambic pentameter
Cadence
The natural rise and fall of a language as it is normally spoken
Caesura
A pause or break within a line of poetry
Character
An individual in a story/play
Static Character
A character that does not change much during the story
Dynamic Character
a character that changes a lot as a result of the story
Flat Character
A 1-dimensional character who has only 1 or two personality traits
Round Character
A multi-dimensional character who is complex just like real people.
Cliché
A word or phrase that has become lifeless because of overuse
Climax
The point in a story that creates the greatest intensity.
Colloquialism
Expressions that are appropriate for conversation but not for formal writing.
Concrete
Having to do w/ objects or qualities that can be percieved by the senses
Conflict
The Struggle between opposing forces in a story
Connotation
the emotional overtones that have been attached to a phrase in addition to its strict dictionary def.
Consonance
the repetition of the same constant sounds on accented syllables
Couplet
Two consecutive rhyming lines of poetry
Denotation
The basic dictionary meaning of a word w/o its associated meanings.
Denouement
The conclusion or unraveling of a story
Dialect
The way of speaking that is characteristic to a certain people or place.
Diction
a speaker/writer's choice of words
Elegy
A poem of mourning
Epic
A long narrative poem which recounts the deeds of a heroic character
Euphemism
A agreeable or less offensive subtitute for a generally unpleasant word or concept
Exposition
That part of a plot where the reader is given important background info on the characters. usually the prob. and setting.
Fable
a short story told in prose or poetry that teaches a moral
Figure of Speech
A device used to produce figurative language often comparing dissimilar things.
Flashback
A scene that interrupts the normal chronological sequence to depict something that happened earlier
Foot
A metrical unit of poetry
Foreshadowing
The use of hints and clues to suggest what will happen later in the plot
Free Verse
no restriction in poetry
Hyperbole
gross exageration for effect
Iamb
a metrical foot in poetry that has a unstressed syllable followed by a stressed one.
Iambic Pentameter
A line of poetry that contains 5 iambic feet
Imagery
the use of language to evoke a pic of a person, a thing, a place, or an experince.