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MAT literature terms

Literature Terms to Study for the Miller Analogies Test (MAT)

act major part of a play
allegory work in which things represent or stand for other things
alliteration repeated sounds in consecutive words
allusion reference to something
anachronism error in time sequence
antagonist character who opposes the work's hero
antihero main character who lacks heroism
apostrophe direct reference to something that is absent
assonance repetition of vowel sounds
ballad poem that tells a tale and is usually meant to be sung
Bildungsroman autobiographical novel
canto division of a long poem
climax point of highest drama
couplet two consecutive lines of verse that rhyme with each other
denouement final part of a work
doggerel bad poetry
elegy poem expressing sadness
epic long heroic poem
epiphany a work or section of a work presenting a moment of revelation
essay short work expressing the author's opinion
fable short story containing a moral lesson
foot unit of verse
foreshadowing hints at future plot developments
idiom a saying that has a figurative meaning
imagery descriptive words used to enhance meaning
irony something that means the opposite of its literal meaning
kitsch work of poor quality or reputation
lampoon satirical portrayal
metaphor description of something done by comparing it to something else
meter poem's rhythm
motif repeated theme
parable story with a moral lesson
paradox illogical statements used to create insight
parody work that mocks another work
pathos something to get sympathy
personification giving human attributes to things that are not human
plot events in a literary work
prose non-poetic language
pun humorouse words that suggest alternative meanings
rhetoric art used to be more persuasive
rhetorical question question that makes a point; no reply expected
sarcasm ironic statement usually used in a negative way
satire work that makes fun of something
scene part of a play happening in a certain location
simile descriptioin accomplished by comparing one thing to another
sonnet 14-line poem
stanza part of a poem consisting of a group of lines
symbol representation of an idea
theme core subject the author is writing about
thesis primary argument in an essay
tone author's attitude toward the subject matter
verse poetry or part of a poem
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