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Literary Terms

What is Allegory ? A form of extended metaphor in which objects, persons, and actions in a narrative are equated with meanings that lie outside the narrative.
What is Alliteration ? The repetition of initial identical sounds.
What is an Allusion ? Figure of speech that makes brief reference to a historical or literary figure or event or object. It is usually very indirect.
What is Anachronism ? An assignment of something to a time when it did not exist.
What is Anadiplosis ? Repetition when the last word of one line is repeated at the beginning of the next.
What is an Anagram ? A word or phrase made by transposing the letters of another.
What is an Analogy ? A comparison of two things, alike in certain aspects.
What is Anaphora ? Repetition in which the same expression is repeated at the beginning of two or more lines.
What is Anastrophe ? Inversion of the normal, usual or logical order of the parts of a sentence.
What is an Anecdote ? A short narrative detailing particulars of an interesting episode or event, an incident in life.
What is an Annotation ? The addition of explanatory notes to a text by an author or an editor.
What is an Antagonist ? The character directly opposite to the protagonist. A rival, enemy or opponent to the protagonist.
What is Anthropomorphism ? The ascription of human characteristics to nonhuman objects. (Personification is similar to this but is much more limited.)
What is an Anticlimax ? An arrangement of details such that the lesser appears at the point where something greater is expected.
What is an Antihero ? A protagonist of a modern play or novel who has the converse of most of the traditional attributes of the hero. He/she is graceless, inept, sometimes stupid, sometimes dishonest.
What is an Antithesis ? A figure of speech characterized by strongly contrasting words, clauses, sentences, or ideas.
What is Aphorism ? A concise statement of principle or precept given in pointed words.
What is an Apostrophe ? A figure of speech in which someone (usually but always absent) some abstract quality or nonexistent personage directly addressed as though present.
What is Apposition ? The placing of an immediate succeeding order of two or more coordinate elements, one of which is an explanation, qualification or modification of the first.
What is Archaism ? Intentional use of obsolete phrasing, idiom or syntax.
What is an Archetype ? From Carl Jung, this term has come to mean in literary criticism an image, a descriptive detail, a plot pattern, or a character type that occurs frequently in literature, myth, religion or folklore.
What is Assonance ? Same or similar vowel sounds in stressed syllables that end with different consonant sounds. This is different from rhyme because rhyme is similiarity in vowel and consonant.
What is Asyndeton ? Condensed form of expression in which elements customarily joined by conjunctions are presented in a series without conjunctions.
What is a Ballad ? Form of a verse to be sung or recited, tells a story.
What is Bildungsgroman ? A novel that deals with the development of a young person.
What is a Blank Verse ? Unrhymed but otherwise regular verse, usually iambic pentameter (10 syllables per line with pattern of unstressed, stressed).
What is Cacophony ? The opposite of euphony; a harsh unpleasant sound or combination of sounds. Highly subjective.
What is Cadence ? The sound patterns in a line.
What is Caesura ? A pause or break in a line or verse.
What is a Catalog ? A list of people, things or attributes
What is Periphrasis ? The use of overly long or indirect speech in order to say something.
What is Rhetoric ? The undue use of exaggeration or display; bombast.
What is a Rhetorical Question ? A question asked solely to produce an effect or to make an assertion and not to elicit a reply.
What is Pathetic Fallacy ? The attribution of human characteristics to nature or to inanimate objects.
What is Ethos ? The disposition, character, or fundamental values peculiar to a specific person, people, culture or movement.
What is Logos ? The basis for the English word LOGIC. It refers to any attempt to appeal to the intellect, the general meaning "logical argument."
What is Pathos ? Emotional or motivational appeals; vivid language, emotional language and sensory details.
What is Catharsis ? In Greek
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