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Alliteration
Repetition of a consonant sound at the beginning of two or more words
Allusion
Reference to a person, place, or thing with literary, historical, or geographic significance
Antagonist
"the force"--usually a person that opposes the main character in his attempt to solve a problem
Anticlimax
The result of events is unrealistic or disappointing
Blank Verse
Unrhymed Iambic Pentameter
u/u/u/u/u/
Climax
The point at which the plot changes; the point of highest interest or dramatic intensity
Conflict
The struggle between two opposing forces--basis of the plot
Connotation
Implied or suggested meaning of a word
Couplet
Two successive lines that rhyme and are usually of equal length
Denotation
Precise, literal meaning of a word
Dialect
The speech of a particular region or group of people
Episode
Related group of insidents or events--part of the plot
Fable
Short tale that teaches a moral
Fantasy
Tale involving unreal characters or events
Figure of Speech
An expression in which words are used in a nonliteral way in order to convey a vivid picture
Flashback
An interruption in the main action of a stroy--to tell something that happened earlier as though it were occurring in the present
Foot
A group of syllables in a definite pattern--containing at least one accented syllable
Foreshadowing
Hints or clues of things to come
Free Verse
Unformed poetry--no rhyme, no meter
Hyperbole
An exaggeration--an exaggerated figure of speech
Image
A general term for any representation of a particular thing
Incident
One of the events in the plot
Irony
An expression that says one thing but means the opposite; opposite from what is expected
Metaphor
Comparison without using like or as
Meter
Rhythm of a line of poetry
Mood
Feeling created in a piece of writing
Myth
A story explaining natural events or history
Narration
Stroy of an event or series of events
Onomatopoeia
A word or phrase that immitates the sound of what it describes
Paraphrase
Retelling in a simple language to make ideas clear
Plot
A series of events
Point of View (first person)
Who is telling the story
Protagonist
Usually the main character--has to solve a problem
Personification
Human form or characteristics are given to animals or objects
Realism
Showing people or events as they would be in real life
Refrain
A line or stanza repeated at intervals in a poem
Resolution
Events following the climax
Rhyme
Repetition of the same or similar sound or sounds at the end of words in poetry
Rhythm
The regular rise and fall of sounds in a definite pattern in poetry (beat)
Satire
Writing that criticizes manner, people, or institutions by making fun of them
Setting
Time and place/ when and where
Simile
Comparison using like or as
Stanza
A group of linses of verse, usually four or more, arranged according to the fixed patterns in poetry (Poetic paragraph)
Stereotype
A character that is presented according to widely accepted ideas of how he or she should look or act as part of a similar group
Style
The way a writer uses language and arranges words
Symbol
An object that stands for an idea, belief, or other object
Theme
The central thought/idea/message in writing
Tone
The feeling conveyed by a writer's attitude towards his subject by style and choice of words