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Alliteration
a repetition of the initial sounds of several words in a group
Allusion
a reference in one literary work to a character or theme found in another literary work
Antagonist
a person of force which opposes the protagonist in a literary work
Assonance
the repetition of vowel sounds in a literary work, especially in a poem
Blank Verse
a poem written in unrhymed iambic pentameter
Character
a person, or anything presented as a person, ex. a spirit, object, animal, or natural force, in a literary work
Characterization
the method a writer uses to reveal the personality of a character in a literary work. Methods may include (1) what the character says about himself or herself (2) what others reveal about the character and (3) the character's own actions
Climax
the decisive moment in a drama, the climax is the turning point of the play to which the rising action leads
Conflict
In the plot of a drama, conflict occurs when the protagonist is opposed by some person or force in the play.
Epic
On literature generally, a major work dealing with an important theme.
Exposition
In drama, the presentation of essential information regarding what has occured prior to the beginning of the play.
Fable
A brief talk designed to illustrate a moral lesson. Often the characters are animals.
Falling Action
the series of events which take place after the climax
Foreshadowing
a method used to build suspense by providing hints of what is to come
Free Verse
unrhymed poetry with lines of varying lengths, and containing no specific metrical pattern
Genre
a literary type or form, drama is a genre of literature, within drama, genre includes tragedy, comedy, and other forms
Hyperbole
a figure of speech in which an overstatement or exaggeration occurs
Imagery
a word or group of words in a literary work which appeal to one or more of the senses: sight, taste, touch, hearing, and smell
Dramatic Irony
the audience knows something that the characters do not
Mood
the atmosphere or feeling created by a literary work, partly by a description of the objects or by the style of the descriptions
Metaphor
where a comparison is made between two unlike things without the use of the words "like" or "as"
Meter
a regular pattern of unstressed and stressed syllables in a line or lines of poetry
Narrative Poem
a poem which tells a story
Onomatopoeia
the sound of a word echoes the sound it represents
Oxymoron
a combination of contradictory terms, such as cruel kindness or bittersweet
Personification
a figure of speech in which something nonhuman is given human characteristics
Plot
the structure of a story; the sequence in which the author arranges events in a story
Point of View
a piece of literature contains a speaker who is speaking either in the first person, telling things from his or her own perspective, or in the third person, telling things from the perspective of an onlooker. If the speaker knows everything including the actions, motives, and thoughts of all the characters, the speaker is referred to a omniscient (all-knowing).
Quatrain
a four-line stanza which may be rhymed or unrhymed
Resolution
the part of a story or drama which occurs after the climax and which established a new norm, a new state of affairs-the way things are going to be from now on
Rhyme
a pattern of repeated sounds
Rhythm
recurrences of stressed and unstressed syllables at equal intervals, similar to meter
Rising Action
begins with the exposition and sets the stage for the climax
Setting
the time and place in which a story unfolds
Simile
a comparison of two unlike things using "like" or "as"
Sonnet
a fourteen line poem with a fixed rhyme scheme
Stanza
a major subdiviion in a poem
Symbolism
a device in literature where an object represents an idea
Theme
the general idea or insight about life that a writer wishes to express
Tone
expresses the author's attitude toward his or her subject
Tragedy
a protagonist is engaged in a morally significant struggle ending in ruin or profound disappointment