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Alliteration
The repetition of consonant sounds in a group of words close together.
Approximate Rhyme
A rhyme in which the final sounds of words are similar but not identical
Assonance
The repetition of vowel sounds in a group of words together.
Characterization
The methods used to
present the personality
of a character in a
literary work.
Climax
The moment of highest emotional intensity in a plot, when the outcome of a conflict is finally made clear to us.
Conflict
A struggle between two opposing forces in a piece of literature.
Contextual Symbol
Objects and descriptions that are not universal but are symbolic only within a particular work.
Cultural Symbol
A symbol that is universally recognized by members of a culture.
Denouement
The resolution of the plot. It often occurs after the climax of a literary work.
Dialogue
Conversation of speech among two or more characters.
Diction
A writer’s choice of words.
Drama
A story written to be acted out on stage.
Dramatic Irony
A device which allows a reader to know something that a character in a drama or story is not aware of.
Dramatist
the author of a play
End Rhyme
Places the rhyme sound at the end of the line of verse.
Exact Rhyme
words that exactly repeat a sound.
External Conflict
a conflict between the main character and another character or against a force of nature.
First Person
A point of view in a story using "I".
Gesture
A motion in a play to be done by an actor.
Imagery
Words or phrases that use description to create pictures, or images, in the readers mind.
Internal Rhyme
A rhyme that occurs within one line of poetry.
Irony
A contrast or discrepancy between what is said/meant, or between expected/actual.
Verbal, Dramatic, Situation
Metaphor
A comparison made between two things which are bassicaly dissimilar, with the intent of giving added meaning to one of them. (NO LIKE OR AS)
Monologue
A long speech in a play or story, delivered by a single person.
Musical Device
A device that is used in a poem to create musical effects.
Omniscient
An all-knowing narrator who allows us to share the thoughts and fealings of a number of characters.
Onomatopoeia
The use of a word whose sound imitates or reinforces the meaning.
Personification
A figure of speech in which something is given human characteristics or feelings.
Plot
The sequence of related events that make up a story or drama.
Point of View
The vantage point from which a narrative is told.
Refrain
Words, phrases, or lines of poetry that are repeated regularly the poem.
Resolution
How the problem in a story is finally solved.
Rhyme
The repitition of accented vowel sounds and all succeding sounds in words that appear close together in a verse.
Setting
The time and place in which a the events of a literary work take place.
Simile
A direct comparison made between two unlike things, using a word of comparison such as "like" or "as".
Speaker
The voice in a poem.
Stage Direction
Notes that a playwright uses to show the actors how to act and move.
Symbol
Something in a literary work which maintains its own meaning while at the same time standing for something broader than itself.
Theme
The main idea expressed in a literary work; the central insight that the work gives us about human life.
Third Person Limited
A story told from the vantage point of one character, not using "I".
Tone
The attitude a writer takes toward the subject or the reader of a work of liteature.