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Literary Terms

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alliteration The repetition of the same or very similar consonant sounds in words that are very close together.
antonym A word that is opposite of another word.
autobiography The story of a person's life, written or told by that person.
biography The story of a person's life, written or told by another person.
character A person or an animal in a story, play, or other literary work.
chronological order In the order it happened.
climax The major turning point in a plot.
compare To show how things are alike.
conflict A struggle or clash between opposing forces.
contrast To show how things are different.
description The kind of writing that creates a clear image of something, usually by using details that appeal to one or more senses:sight, hearing, smell, taste, and touch.
dialogue Conversation between two or more characters.
dictionary Tells the meanings and pronunciation of words.
drama A story written to be acted in front of an audience
essay A short piece of nonfiction prose.
fable A very brief story in prose or verse that teaches a moral or a practical lesson about how to succeed in life.
fantasy Imaginative writing that carries the reader into an invented world where the laws of nature as we know them do not operate.
fiction A prose account that is made up rather than true.
figure of speech A word or phrase that describes one thing in terms of something else and is not literally true.
flashback A scene that breaks the normal time order of the plot to show a past event.
folk tale A story with no known author, originally passed on from generation to another by word of mouth.
foreshadowing The use of clues or hints to suggest events that will occur later in the plot.
fragment sentence Is a group of words that either deoes not have a subject and verb or does nor express a complete thought.
free verse Poetry that is "free" of a regular meter and rhyme scheme.
idiom A saying whose meaning can't be understood from the individual words in it.
imagery Language that appeals to the senses-sight, hearing, touch, taste, and smell.
legend A story, usually based on some history fact, that has been handed down from one generation to the next.
main idea The most important idea expressed in a piece of writing.
metaphor A comparison between two like things in which one thing becomes another thing.
mood The overall emotion created by a work of literature.
myth A story that usually explains something about the world and involves gods and other superhuman beings.
narration The kind of writing that relates a series of connected events to tell "what happened."
nonfiction Prose writing that deals with real people, events and places without changing any facts.
onomatopoeia The use of a word whose sound imitates or suggests its meaning.
personification Speaking of something that is not human as though it has human qualities.
plot The series of related events that make up a story.
poetry A kind of rhytmic, compressed language that uses figures of speech, imagery to appeal to emotion and imagination.
point of view The vantage point from which a story is told.
prose Any writing that is not poetry.
refrain Few words, a line, or a whole stanza repeated at intervals.
run-on sentence Two complete sentences as if they were one sentence.
setting The time and place of a story, a poem, or a play.
short story A fictional prose narrative that is from about five to twenty bookd pages long.
simile A comparison between two unlike things using a word such as like, as, than, or resembles.
stanza In a poem, a group of lines that form a unit.
summarize To make a summary of.
symbol A person, a place, a thing, or an event that has its own meaning and stands for something beyond itself as well.
synonym A word that means the same as another.
tall tale An exaggerated, fanciful story that gets taller and taller," more and more farfetched, the more it is told and retold.
theme An idea about life revealed in a work of literature.
thesaurus Contains lists of synonyms for certain words.
tone The attitude a writer takes toward an audience, a subject, or a character.
noun Names a person, place or thingEx boy, girl
pronoun Takes the place of a nounEx he she it
adjective Describes a noun or pronounCUTE puppy
verb shows action or state of beingrun or is
adverb Describes the verb, adjective, or another adverb Ex He ran very quickly
preposition A word that shows location followed by a noun or pronoun known as the object of the preposition Ex The cat ran UNDER the fence.
conjunction Connects words, phrases and/or clauses
interjection Shows emotion Ex WOW! That hurt!
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