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Literary Terms 51-70

Literary Terms

TermDefinition
Poetry One of the three major types of literature. Most poems make use of highly concise, musical, and emotionally charged language. Many also make use of imagery, figurative language, and special devices
Lyric poetry a highly musical verse that expresses the observations and feelings of a single speaker. It creates a single, unified impression
Narrative poetry is a story told in verse. Narrative poems often have all elements of short stories, including characters, conflict, and plot.
Rhyme scheme a pattern of rhyme within a poem
Free verse poetry that does not follow a set pattern
stanza a grouped set of lines in a poem—looks like a paragraph
Hyperbole is a figure of speech in which the truth is exaggerated for emphasis or humorous effect.
Idiom an expression that has a meaning different from its individual words.
Imagery descriptive words and phrases that re-create sensory experiences for the reader. Appeals to the five senses—sight, hearing, smell, taste, and touch—to help the reader imagine exactly what is being described.
Inference the act or process of reaching a conclusion about something from known facts or evidence
Irony contrast between what one expects versus what really happens
Situational Irony an outcome that turns out to be very different from what was expected, the difference between what is expected to happen and what actually does.
Verbal Irony a figure of speech in which what is said is the opposite of what is meant.
Dramatic Irony understood by the audience but not grasped by the characters in the story.
metaphor a comparison of two things that are basically unlike, but have some qualities in common—without using like or as
mood the feeling or atmosphere that a writer creates for the READER.
Narrator the voice that tells a story.
Onomatopoeia the use of words whose sounds echo their meanings.
Oxymoron a combination of contradictory words that have opposite or very different meaning
Personification the giving of human qualities to an animal, object, or idea.
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