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Allegory
A story in which the characters, settings, and events stand for abstract or moral concepts.
Alliteration
The repetition of consonant sounds in words that are close to one another.
Archetype
A pattern that appears in literature across cultures and is repeated through the ages.
An archetype can be a character, a plot, an image, or a setting.
atmosphere/mood
The mood or feeling in a literary work.
ballad
A song or songlike poem that tells a story.
refrain
lines or words that are repeated at regular intervals.
incremental repitition
A device widely use in balladswhereby a line or lines are repeated with slight variations from stanza to stanza.
caesura
A pause or break within a line of poetry
character
An individual in a story or play
characterization
The process by which the writer reveals the personality of a character
direct characterization
writer tells us directly what the character is like
indirect characterization
writer describes what the character is like through speech, private thoughts, showing character's actions, ect.
flat character
One or two personality traits; one dimensional
round character
Characters who are complex, solid, and multifaceted
static character
one who does not change much in the course of a story
dynamic character
character changes in some important way as result of an action
dialectc
A way of speaking that is characteristic of a particular region or group of people.
elegy/elegiac
a poem that mourns the death of a person or laments something lost
epic
A long narrative poem that relates the great deeds of a larger than life hero who embodies the values of a particular society
epic hero
character that undertakes quests to achieve something of tremendous value to themselves or their society
figure of speech
a word or phrase that describes one thing in terms of another, dissimilar thing, and is not meant to be understood on a literal level
simile
comparision between like and unlike things that uses 'like' or 'as'
metaphor
comparison between like and unlike things that does not use 'like' or 'as'
kenning
In Anglo-Saxon poetry, a metaphorical phrase or compound word used to name a person, place, thing, or event indirectly.
personification
A kind of metaphor in which a nonhuman or nonliving thing or quality is talked about as if it were human or had life
symbol
A person, place, thing, or event that stands both for itself and for something beyond itself.
imagery
language that appeals to the senses
motif
In literature, a word, a character, an object, an image, a metaphor, or an idea that recurs in a work or in several works
setting
The time and place of a story or play
theme
The central idea or insight about human experience revealed in a work of literature
tone
An attitude a writer takes toward the reader, a subject, or a character