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Literary Terms #1

K. Dull

A list of commonly used literary terms.

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1.Words that express quality, kind or condition.
5.A reference to a well-known person, place, event, literary work or work of art.
6.A comparison between basically dissimilar things that does not use the words "like", "as", "than" or "resembles".
7.A character in the story is telling the story.
8.An account of someone's life written by someone else.
9.The atmosphere or feeling the writer creates for the reader.
12.A figure of speech using the words "like", "as", "than" or "resembles".
16.A fixed form of lyric poetry that consists of fourteen lines usually written in iambic pentameter.
17.A poem consisting of three unrhymed lines of five, seven and five syllables.
20.The conclusion reached on the basis of evidence and reasoning.
21.An action or reaction that advances the plot.
23.The sequence of events that make up a story.
24.The use of descriptive language to create vivid word pictures that appeal to the senses.
25.An ordinary object, animal, or person that represents an idea or cause.
27.A line spoken by an actor to the audience and not to other characters in the play.
32.Characters that remain the same throughout the story.
33.The time and place of a story.
34.A moment of sudden understanding; enlightenment.
36.A speech given by a character alone on stage.
38.Characters that grow and develop throughout the story.
40.All the meanings, associations or emotions that a word suggests.
42.To express the same message in different words.
43.Characters who are complex and three dimensional.
46.An intentional contrats between waht is expected and what occurs.
47.A writer's attitude towards his or her subject.
48.When the audience knows something that a character in the play doesn't.
49.Small elements that collectively make up a work.
50.The controlling or main idea of a work of literature, usually a general statement about life.
2.Specific words an author uses to convey mood or tone.
3.The narrator tells the story using the pronouns "you", "your" and "yours".
4.The form of language spoken by people in a particular region or group.
5.An account of a person's life written by that person.
7.Language that is based on some type of comparison that is not to be taken literally.
10.A struggle between opposing characters or between opposing forces.
11.The speaker or charecter who tells the story.
13.A long dramatic speech by a character.
14.Characters who are simple and one dimensional.
15.The main character of a literary work.
16.The order in which things happen.
18.The part of the story that occurs after the climax.
19.The time and place of the story.
22.A character says one thing but means another.
26.The high point of interest or turning point in the story.
28.Characters who fit our preconceived notions about a specific type.
29.Attributing human qualities to a non-human thing or to an abstract idea.
30.A conversation between characters.
31.Characters that interact with the main character and help move the story along.
35.The way a writer has chosen to see and tell the story.
37.The character or force in conflict with the main character or protagonist.
39.The central idea throughout a passage.
41.The time and place of a story.
44.A group of lines in a poem.
45.An expression whose meanings cannot be inferred from the meanings of the words that make it up.

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