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Literary Terms R-V

Literary Terms Beginning with R - V

refrain A phrase or verse that is repeated throughout a poem or song.
rhetorical question A question put forth to achieve an effect or make a point, to which an answer is not expected.
rhyme The repetition of similar or identical sounds at the ends of lines of verse.
rhythm The pattern of stressed and unstressed syllables in a line of poetry or prose.
satire Ridicule of a subject; the work in which it is contained.
short story A brief work of narrative prose.
simile The comparison of two unlike objects using “like” or “as”.
soliloquy A dramatic monologue meant to convey the thoughts of a character in a play.
sonnet A poem consisting of fourteen iambic pentameter lines with a rigidly prescribed rhyming scheme.
spondee A type of metrical foot with two stressed syllables.
spoonerism The transportation of the initial sounds of two or more words, often with humorous results. Named for a Professor Spooner of Oxford, who was famous for such transpositions.
style An author’s individual method and tone.
subplot A secondary plot in a story.
symbol In literature, something that stands for, or means, something else.
theme The central idea or thesis of a work.
trochee A metrical foot that contains one long or stressed syllable preceding one short or unstressed syllable.
verse Lines of writing arranged in metrical patterns, or a single such line.
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