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allegory
a story in which characters and events represent qualitites or concepts
alliteration
the repetition of initial consonant sounds
allusion
figure of speech which makes brief reference to an historical or litereary figure, event, or object
ambiguity
the expression of a idea in language which gives more than one meaning and leaves uncertainty as to the meaning
anapest
meter having two unstressed syllables, followed by a stressed syllable (--/)
antagonist
the character in a narrative or play who is in conflict with the main character
anti-hero
a protagonist who is the antithesis of the hero - graceless, inept, stupid, sometimes dishonest
apostrophe
addressing someone of something, usally not present, as though present
ballad
a form of verse to be sung or recited and characterized by a dramatic of exciting episode in narrative form
archetype
a recurring pattern of situations, character, or symbols exciting instinctively in the collective unconscious of man
aside
a statement delivered by a actor in such a way that the other characters on stage are presumed not to have heard it
assonance
similarity or repitition on a vowel sound in two or more words in a line of verse.
blank verse
unrhymed iambic pentameter
cacophony
the use of seemingly harsh, unmusical sounds
caesura
a pause for effect in the middle of a line of poetry
catharsis
Aristotle's word for the pity and fear an audience experiences upon viewing the downfall of a hero
characterization
the techniques employed by authors to develop characters: actions, descriptions, dialogue, thoughts, inferences
classicism
an approach to literature which emphasizes reason, harmony, balance, proportion, clarity, and the imitation of ancient
climax
the turning point, or crisis, in a play or other piece of literature
comedy
a work which strives to provoke smiles and laughter
complication
the part of a plot in which the entaglment caused by the conflict is developed
conceit
an extended metaphor - two unlike things are compared in several ways
conflict
a struggle between opposing forces
connotation
the emotional implications that a word may carry
consonance
repetition of a consonant sound in two or more words in a line of verse.
couplet
a pair of rhyming lines written in the same meter
crisis
the climax or turning point of a story or play
dactyl
three syllable foot consisiting of an accented syllable followed by the unaccented syllables
denotation
the specific, exact meaning of a word
denouement
the resolution of a plot
catharsis
Aristotle's word for the pity and fear an audience experiences upon viewing the downfall of a hero
characterization
the techniques employed by authors to develop characters: actions, descriptions, dialogue, thoughts, inferences
classicism
an approach to literature which emphasizes reason, harmony, balance, proportion, clarity, and the imitation of ancient
climax
the turning point, or crisis, in a play or other piece of literature
comedy
a work which strives to provoke smiles and laughter
complication
the part of a plot in which the entaglment caused by the conflict is developed
conceit
an extended metaphor - two unlike things are compared in several ways
conflict
a struggle between opposing forces
connotation
the emotional implications that a word may carry
consonance
repetition of a consonant sound in two or more words in a line of verse.
couplet
a pair of rhyming lines written in the same meter
crisis
the climax or turning point of a story or play
dactyl
three syllable foot consisiting of an accented syllable followed by the unaccented syllables
denotation
the specific, exact meaning of a word
denouement
the resolution of a plot