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Literary Terms A-Z

Literary Terms from A-Z

TermMeaning
onomatopoeia Formation of a word by imitating the natural sound associated with the object or actions involved.
personification To think of or represent (for example, and inanimate object) as a person.
plot The organization of individual incidents in a narrative or play.
poem A rhythmic expression of feelings or ideas, often using metaphor, meter, and rhyme.
prose Literary expression not marked by rhyme or metrical regularity.
protagonist The main character of a play, novel, or story, usually the hero.
Alliteration the repetition of the initial sounds (usually consonants) of stressed syllables in neighboring words or at short intervals with in a line or passage, usually at word beginnings.
Antonym Words that are opposite in meaning.
Couplet Two seccessive lines of poetry with end-words that rhyme.
Haiku A Japanese form of poetry, which gives a brief description of nature. Haiku consists of three unrhymed lines of five, seven, and five syllables.
Homonym Two or more words with the same pronunciation but with different meanings and spellings.
Homophone Two or more words with the same pronunciation but with different meanings and spellings.
Limerick a light or humorous verse form of five lines in which lines one, two, and five are of three feet and lines three and four are of two feet, with a rhyme scheme of aabba
Metaphor an association of two completely different objects as being the same thing
Simile a comparison of two completely different objects using "like" or "as"
Synonym one of two or more words that have the same or nearly the same meanings
Hyperbole an exaggeration of the truth
Imagery figurative language used to create particular mental images
Onomatopoeia the use of words with sounds suggestive of their meaning, like buzz, clang, moo, whoosh.
Created by: daphnecm on 2004-02-23



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