rhythmic expression of feelings and ideas. It may or may not rhyme.
broken down into two categories: fiction and nonfiction
a play; something that is intended to be acted out. Can be written in verse or in a more conversational style.
A story with underlying symbols that really represent something else.
The use of a repeated consonant sound
a reference to something or someone, usually literary.
placing a person or object in an inappropriate historical situation. It can be deliberate or unintentional.
comparing something to something else.
a short narrative, story, or tale
the major character opposing the protagonist; the villian
assigning human attributes, such as emotions or physical characteristics, to nonhuman things. anthropomorphism typically applies to animals.
a summary or a short statement of the plot or subject of a literary work.
author’s word choice and sentence structure, taking into account correctness, clearness, and effectiveness. Four levels of diction: formal, informal, colloquial, and slang.
a mournful, melancholy poem or song.
special forcefulness of expression that gives importance to something singled out
A story that has a moral, usually involving animals as the main characters.
characterized by figures of speech such as metaphors and similes as well as elaborate expression through imagery.
a deliberate exaggeration
an author’s use of descriptive and figurative language used to create a picture in the reader’s mind’s eye
Language that communicates what was expressed in the dialogue, without using a direct quotation.
an expression of meaning that is the opposite of the literal meaning.stories: end in a way that is the opposite of what you would have expected.
something that one wishes to convey, especially by language
a comparison like a simile, but it doesn’t use the words “like” or “as”. It’s a little subtler.
the rhythm of a poem. the most common meter is iambic.
a literary representation of an event or a story– the text itself.
a word intended to simulate the actual sound of the thing or action it describes.
a phrase in which the words are contradictory
an expression of joyful praise.
a story that has a moral (biblical)
a phrase which appears to be contradictory but that actually contains some basic truth that resolves that apparent contradiction.
the repetition of sounds, meanings, or structures to create a certain style.
a literary work in which the style of an author is imitated for comic effect or ridicule.
a work that deals with the lives of people in the country or in nature.
something that evokes a feeling of pity or sympathy
assigning human attribute to something nonhuman.
the viewpoint from which the narrator or character sees things.
point of view
the vantage point from which a story is presented to a reader.
the main character; the hero
the way that a poem’s rhyme is arranged.
ridicule of a subject; it is humorous and it intends to point out something about a serious subject.
a comparison of two things using the words “like ” or “as:
the division in a poem
the framework of a work of literature; the organization or overall design; often provides clues to character and actions.
the author’s unique manner of expression; the author’s voice
the ordering of words into meaningful patterns such as phrases, clauses, and sentences.
the central meaning or dominant idea in a literary work; provides a unifying point around which the plot, characters, setting, point of view, symbols, and other elements of a work are organized.
style or manner of expression.