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LITERATURE TERMS A-A

CARMALT - Random Terms & First Letter "A"

QuestionAnswer
giving something human-like qualities PERSONIFICATION
rhyming that occurs at the end of a rhyme END RHYME
atmosphere, feeling, or emotional state that is revealed through description, setting, characterization, and specific diction MOOD
great exaggeration HYPERBOLE
matching similarity of sounds in two or more words or word endings RHYME
helps to establish stanzaic form by marking the ends of lines and contributes to the sense of unity in a poem RHYME
Edgar Allan Poe called this a "brief prose tale" since the plot funtions as the engine driving the writing SHORT STORY
when a character sees something from their own perspective POINT OF VIEW
sudden moment when memories come back to a character FLASHBACK
villain of the story ANTAGONIST
prose narrative that is shorter than a novel but longer than a short story NOVELLA
hero or main character of a story PROTAGONIST
analogy or comparison of two unlike things implied by using an adverb such as "like" or "as" SIMILE
analogy or comparison of two unlike things implied by saying outright one thing "is" another thing METAPHOR
the way a writer conveys the attitude about particular characters and subject matter - Example: rise from poverty through hard work and greed versus rise from poverty through hard work and charity TONE
time and place where story happens SETTING
writing that creates a clear image usually by using details that appeal to our senses DESCRIPTIVE
words that describe what they sound like ONOMATOPOEIA
contrast between what is expected and what actually happens IRONY
saying one thing and meaning another; sarcasm VERBAL IRONY
most important type of literature irony - when the reader knows what fate holds in a story but the character expects the opposite DRAMATIC IRONY
accidental events occur that seem oddly appropriate, such as"poetic justice" of a pickpocket getting his own pocket picked. SITUATIONAL IRONY (COSMIC IRONY)
the struggle that drives the plot CONFLICT
struggle between a character and another character or a force of nature or social demands EXTERNAL CONFLICT
struggle within a character such as emotions, addiction, beliefs, fears INTERNAL CONFLICT
idea about life revealed in a work of literature theme
what happens in a story PLOT
patterns of rhymes in a poem RHYME SCHEME
casual reference in literature to a person, place, event, or another passage of literature without explicitly identifying it ALLUSION
short piece of writing usually told by the author ESSAY
speech between characters DIALOGUE
clues that suggest events that will happen later FORESHADOW
word or phrase that describes one thing in terms of something else that is different from it in order to achieve some special meaning or effect FIGURATIVE LANGUAGE (FIGURE OF SPEECH)
anxiety the reader feels about what will happen next in a story SUSPENSE
word formed from the initial letters of a phrase ACRONYM
poem in which the first or last letters of each line form a word, phrase, or sentence ACROSTIC POEM
major divisions in a play ACT
type of novel in which exciting events and fast paced action are more important than character development or theme ADVENTURE NOVEL
having different parts of a sentence agree with each other in number, gender, mood, or verb tense AGREEMENT
writing that has a double meaning- for example, person,ideas, or events represent themselves but also have a symbolic meaning. ALLEGORY
an acrostic poem of 13 lines which each line consists of 2 words, each word beginning with sequential letters in the alphabetic pattern ABCDEF... ALPHABET POEM
atmosphere or mood of a particular setting or location AMBIANCE
a vague or unclear expression when precise or exact expression would be more useful AMBIGUITY
Thomas Jefferson would refer to this as "life, liberty, an pursuit of happiness" but in American literature and film it expresses reaching goals of of material wealth and success, especially in regard to immigrants and "rags to riches" AMERICAN DREAM
open-air theater like Shakespeare's Globe AMPHITHEATER
placing an event, person, item, or oral expression in the wrong historical period - Example: Shakespeare's Julius Caesar refers to a clock striking three when there were no household clocks during Ancient Rome ANACHRONISM
letters or syllables in a name, word, or phrase are jumbled to form a new name, word, or phrase ANAGRAM
story that contains similar characters, situations, or settings that are also found in a different story, such as Romeo & Juliet like Westside Story ANALOGUE
short narrative account of an amusing or interesting event ANECDOTE
literature that encourages racist attitudes toward Jews ANTI-SEMITIC LITERATURE
model or pattern from which other copies are made; a character, action or situation that seems to represent common patterns of human life - include a symbol, theme, setting or character that have common meaning in a culture. Ex: Srooge equals grouchy ARCHETYPE
repeating identical or similar vowels in nearby words; can lead to half-rhyme; ie: neck & met ASSONANCE
the person reading a text, listening to a speaker, or observing a performance AUDIENCE
non-fictional account of one's own life AUTOBIOGRAPHY
Created by: EM4CARMALT