Literary Terms (Comedy - Free Verse)

  1. Comedy
    A story that ends with a happy resolution of the conflicts faced by the main character or characters.
  2. Conceit
    An elaborate metaphor that compares two things that are startlingly different. Often an extended metaphor.
  3. External Conflict
    Conflicts between two people, a person and nature or a machine, or a person and an entire society.
  4. Internal Conflict
    Conflict involving opposing forces within a person's mind.
  5. Connotation
    The associations an emotional overtones that have become attached to a word or phrase, in addition to its strict dictionary definition.
  6. Couplet
    Two consecutive rhyming lines of poetry.
  7. Dialect
    A way of speaking that is characteristic of a certain social group or of the inhabitants of a certain geographical area.
  8. Diction
    A speaker or writer's choice of words.
  9. Elegy
    A poem of mourning, usually about someone who has dies.
  10. Epanalepsis
    Repetition in which the same expression is repeated both at the beginning and at the end of a line, clause, or sentence (Common sense is not so common).
  11. Epic
    A long narrative poem, written in heightened language, which recounts the deeds of a heroic character who embodies the values of a particular society.
  12. Epigraph
    A quotation or aphorism at the beginning  of a literary work suggestive of the theme.
  13. Epistrophe
    Repetition in which the same expression is repeated at the end of two or more lines, clauses, or sentences.
  14. Epithet
    An adjective or adjective phrase applied to a person or thing that is frequently used to emphasize a characteristic quality.
  15. Fable
    A very short story told in prose or poetry that teaches a practical lesson about how to succeed in life.
  16. Farce
    A type of comedy in which ridiculous and often stereotyped characters are involved in silly, far-fetched situations.
  17. Figurative Language
    Words which are inaccurate if interpreted literally, but are used to describe.
  18. Flashback
    A scene that interrupts the normal chronological sequence of events in a story to depict something that happened at an earlier time.
  19. Foil
    A character who acts as contrast to another character.
  20. Foreshadowing
    The use of hints and clues to suggest what will happen later in a plot.
  21. Free Verse
    Poetry that does not conform to a regular meter or rhyme scheme.
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Literary Terms (Comedy - Free Verse)
Literary terms to know for the midterm, from Comedy to Free Verse