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TermDefinition
assonance Repetition of an internal vowel sound.
quatrain 4 line stanza
couplet 2 line stanza
meter the repetition of stressed and unstressed syllables in a line of poetry.
iambic pentameter a type of meter that has 10 syllables in a line of poetry
lyric poetry poems that expresses the observations and feelings of a single speaker.
epic poetry a long narrative poem about the adventure of sn almost superhuman character.
ballad poem which tells a story of a person from past and is often set to music.
sonnet fourteen lines of iambic pentameter. popularized by shakespeare
dramatic POV a play in which all events are told as dialogue
foil character opposites for emphasis
tragic hero the main character in a tragedy
soliloquy speech delivered by a character when he is alone on stage
tragic flaw the character trait that leads to the downfall of the tragic hero
hero a character whose actions are inspiring or noble, and who overcomes difficulty
third person omniscient POV the third person narrator is all knowing and all seeing
stream of consciousness a narrative technique, or point of view, that presents thoughts as if they were coming straight from character's mind, with story events and character feelings combined.
verbal irony when someone says something they don't mean, but they are believed by others
archetype a recurring pattern in literature (the evil stepmother, the wise old an)
in medias res a story that begins in the middle of the action
almanac a magazine or book that contains weather forecasts, statistics, or other facts of interest for readers
thesaurus a reference book containing an alphabetical list of words along with synonyms and antonyms for each word
encyclopedia a comprehensive reference book containing information and article on a wide range of subjects.
prose the ordinary form of written language (sentence or paragraph), not poetry drama, or song
propaganda information that is spread for the purpose of promoting some cause
connotation all the emotions or feelings a word arouses, such as negative feelings about a 'pig'
parallelism repetition of phrases that have similar grammatical atterns
denotation the literal, dictionary definition of a word
idiom common cliche' sayings that often metaphorical ( don't judge a book by its cover)
syntax the order i which words are used in a piece of literature
paradox a contradictory statement that presents a truth
informal/ colloquial language everyday speech (slang) consisting of fairly short sentences and simple vocabulary.
M.L.A Modern Language Association ( a published and acceptable style used when writing and formatting essays and research papers
appendix additional (supplementary) material given at the end of a book
preface an introduction stating why the book was written
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