symbolic narrative in which surface details imply secondary meaning
repetition of consonant sounds, especially at the beginnings of words.
two unaccented syllables followed by an accented one
character or force against which main character struggles
repetition of similar vowel sounds in a line or sentence of poetry
love lyric in which speaker complains of arrival of dawn when he must leave his lover
narrative poem written in 4-line stanzas; characterized by swift action and narrated in a direct style
line of poetry or prose in unrhymed iambic pentameter
pause within a line of verse
imaginary person living in a literary work
means by which author presents and reveals characters
The personal and emotional associations called up by a word that go beyond its dictionary meaning.
A customary feature of a literary work such as the use of rhyme in a sonnet.
A pair of rhymed lines that may or may not constitute a separate stanza in a poem.
A stressed syllable followed by two unstressed ones
dictionary meaning of a word
conversation of characters
selection of words in a literary work
A type of poem in which a speaker addresses a silent listener
A lyric poem that laments the dead.
The omission of an unstressed vowel or syllable to preserve the meter of a line of poetry.
A run-on line of poetry in which logical and grammatical sense carries over from one line into the next
A long narrative poem that records the adventures of a hero
brief witty poem, often satirical
A form of language use in which writers and speakers convey something other than the literal meaning of their words
A metrical unit composed of stressed and unstressed syllables
Poetry without a regular pattern of meter or rhyme
figure of speech involving exaggeration
unstressed syllable followed by a stressed one
concrete representation of a sense impression, feeling, or idea
A contrast or gap between what is said and what is meant or between what happens and what is expected to happen. In verbal irony characters say the opposite of what they mean. In irony of circumstance or situation the opposite of what is expected happens. In dramatic irony a character speaks in ignorance of a situation or event known to the audience or to other characters,
form of language in which a writer mean exactly what their words denote
A type of poem characterized by brevity, compression, and the expression of feeling
a comparison between essentially unlike things WITHOUT using ‘like’ or ‘as’
measured pattern of rhythmic accents in a poem
A figure of speech in which a closely related term is substituted for an object or idea
poem that tells a story
voice and implied speaker of a fictional work
an eight-line unit, which may constitute a stanza or a section of a poem, as in the octave of a sonnet
A long, stately poem in stanzas of varied length, meter, and form
The use of words to imitate the sounds they describe.
Words such as buzz and crack are onomatopoetic
A type of structure or form in poetry characterized by freedom from regularity and consistency in such elements as rhyme, line length, and metrical pattern.
A humorous, mocking imitation of a literary work
The endowment of inanimate objects or abstract concepts with human qualities or actions
organization of incidents in literary work
main character of literary work
4 line stanza in a poem
a question to which an overt answer is not expected
The matching of final vowel or consonant sounds in two or more words
The recurrence of accent or stress in lines of verse
A type of narrative fiction or poem in which adventure is a central feature and in which an idealized vision of reality is presented
A literary work that criticizes human misconduct and ridicules vices, stupidities, and follies
A six-line unit of verse constituting a stanza or section of a poem; the last six lines of an Italian sonnet
An extended speech in a play in which a character alone onstage expresses his thoughts
A fourteen-line poem in iambic pentameter
A metrical foot represented by two stressed syllables
The way an author chooses words, arranges them in sentences or in lines of dialogue or verse, and develops ideas and actions with description, imagery, and other literary techniques.
What a story or play is about
A subsidiary or subordinate or parallel plot in a play or story that coexists with the main plot.
An object or action in a literary work that means more than itself, that stands for something beyond itself
A figure of speech in which a part is substituted for the whole
The grammatical order of words in a sentence or line of verse or dialogue
The idea of a literary work abstracted from its details of language, character, and action, and cast in the form of a generalization.
The implied attitude of a writer toward the subject and characters of a work.