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allegory
a narrative that serves as an extended metaphor
alliteration
the repetition of consonant sound
allusion
reference to a person, place, or thing, in history or another work in lit.
antagonist
a character who deceives, frustrates, or works against the protagonist
aside
an actor's speech directed to the audience
ballad
a narrative folk song
character
someone with thoughts and actions in literature
connotation
association that comes with a word
couplet
poetry, two lines with rhyming ends
Denotation
the exact meaning of the word, without suggestions it may imply
denoument
literal-action of untying
the final outcome of the main complication
dialouge
conversation between characters in a narrative
didactic
informational literature or art
dramatic monolauge
literary device
when a character reveals their inner thoughts
elegy
type of literature defined as a song or poem , written in elegiac couplets, expressing sorrow for someone who died
epigram
short poem that seeks ridicule with sarcasm
figurative language
language that varies from literal language
flashback
a narrative way that allows a writer to see past events
genre
a type of literature
gothic
a literary style popular late 18th century
hyperbole
extravagant exaggeration
irony
how something is not as it would seem
lyric
a song-like poem to express feelings of someone
metaphor
connecting two unlike things w/o like or as
fig lang
metonymy
substitutes a term with another
motif
something recurring in literature
myth
any story explaining how world was created, or why involves relgion
narrative
events that tell a story, not necessarily true, and in a particular order
narrative poem
a poem telling a story
narrator
the person who tells the story
speaker or "voice" of work
parable
a brief simple narrative illustrating moral or religious lessons
persona
the narrator, of work created by the author
personification
unhuman objects given human quality
point of view
the way the story of events are conveyed, "vantage point"
protagonist
the main character
rhyme
repetition of similar accented sound
rhyme scheme
the pattern of rhyme used in a poem, indicated by matching lowercase letters
setting
the time, place, physical details, and circumstances where the event takes place
simile
figurative language
that compares two unlike things using like or as
short story
a brief narrative
sonnet
uses metrical structure consisting of fourteen lines, arranged in a rhyme scheme
symbol
a word that stands for another word
theme
common thread that is incorporated throughout a literary work