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theme
statement about the poem, centralized or generalized idea of the work
tone
attitude a literary work takes toward its subject and theme
speaker
the person, not necessarily the author, who is the voice of the poem
allusion
a reference to some other work that suggests the meaning or implication of details in the story, poem, or play
setting
the time and place of the story, peom, or play
situation
the context f the literary work's action, what is happening when the story, poem, or play begins
connotation
what is suggested by a word, apart from what is explicitly describes
denotation
a direct and specific meaning
metaphor
an implicit comparison or identification of one thing with another unlike itself, without the use of a verbal signal
personification
treating an abstraction as if it were a person by endowing it with human like qualities.
symbol
something in a literary work that stands for or represents itself
enjambment
running over from one line of poetry to the next without stop
caesura
a short pause within a line of poetry
hyperbole
an overstatement characterized by exaggerated language
word order
the positioning of words in a relation to one another
iambic pentameter
a metrical form of in which the basic foot is an iamb and most lines consist of five iambs
trochaic
a metrical form in which the basic foot is a trochee
alliteration
the repetition of initial consonant sounds through a sequence of words
blank verse
the verse form most like everyday human speech
free verse
poetry characterized by varying line lengths, lack of traditional meter, and non rhyming lines.
sonnet
a fixed verse from consisting of fourteen lines usually in iambic pentameter
stanza
section of a poem signified by an extra line break, a division governed by thought rather than sound pattern
myth
symbolic, persuasive in culture, universally shared and passed through history