English Literary Terms

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  1. a long narrative poem about a serious subject
  2. a thing, person, or pattern of circumstances that appears repeatedly in literature
  3. a character who represents a type that is recognizable as belonging to a particular genre
    stock character
  4. an object, person, place, or event that has a literal meaning and a figurative meaning
  5. a traditional story of anonymous origin
  6. a person of great ability who often comes to grief because of a fault within his or her character
    tragic hero
  7. a strong, courageous, noble, and confident man with a thirst for glory who embarks on a journey over the expanse of continents or the entire universe in order to save his nation or its people
    epic hero
  8. literature that concerns real, rather than imaginary subjects and are written, in part, to convey information to readers
  9. the story of a person's life written by that person, is presented from the first-person point of view, and may be based entirely on the writer's memory
  10. literature about the person who has written it and usually focuses on one experience or period in the person's life
  11. the story of a person's life written by someone other than that person
  12. a relatively short piece of nonfiction in which the writers explores a single topic from his or her own perspective
  13. an essay that is more serious in tone and includes the expository essay and the persuasive essay
    formal essay
  14. a common type of essay that includes the personal essay
    informal essay
  15. the most common type of informal essay that entertains or shares personal experiences with the reader
    personal essay
  16. a type of formal essay that is explanatory
    expository essay
  17. one type of formal essay that is supposed to influence the reader's ideas or actions
    persuasive essay
  18. What are the elements of fiction?
    • plot
    • character
    • setting
    • theme
    • point of view
    • voice
  19. an element of fiction that tells what happens
  20. an element of fiction that tells who
  21. an element of fiction that tells when and where (time and place)
  22. an element of fiction that tells why the author wrote it (purpose)
  23. an element of fiction that tells how it is told (first/third)
    point of view
  24. the way a poem is organized
  25. the poem's organization of images, ideas, ideas, words, and lines
  26. the paragraphs of poetry
  27. rows of words that may or may not form sentences
  28. descriptive language used to represent objects, feelings, and thoughts
  29. words used differently from their original, literal meanings
    figurative language
  30. a figure or speech that uses the word like or as to compare two seemingly unlike things
  31. a figure or speech that compares two or more different things by stating or implying that one thing is another
  32. a figure of speech in which an animal, an object, a force of nature, or an idea is given human characteristics
  33. a figure of speech that uses exaggeration to express strong emotion, make a point, or evoke humor
  34. the pattern of stressed and unstressed syllables in a line of poetry
  35. the regular pattern of stressed and unstressed syllables that can establish the rhythm of a a poem
  36. the repetition of the same stressed vowel sounds and any succeeding sounds in two or more words
  37. rhyme that occurs when two words in the same line rhyme
    internal rhyme
  38. rhyme that occurs at the end of lines
    external rhyme
  39. the voice that communicates with the reader of a poem, similar to the narrator in a work of prose
  40. poetry that has no fixed pattern or meter, rhyme, line length, or stanza arrangement
    free verse
  41. the use of a series of words, phrases, or sentences that have similar grammatical form
  42. the continuation of a sentence or phrase from one line of a poem to the next, without a pause between the lines
  43. any person, animal, place, object, or event that exists on a literal level within a work but also represents something on a figurative level
  44. the recurrence of sounds, words, phrases, lines, or stanzas in a speech or literary work
  45. a poem that expresses a speaker's personal thoughts and feelings
    lyric poem
  46. the repetition of same or similar vowel sounds within non rhyming words
  47. the repetition of consonant sounds, typically within or at the end of words that do not rhyme and preceded by different vowel sounds
  48. a situation or statement that appears to be contradictory but is actually true, either in fact or in a figurative sense
  49. a sudden understanding of the meaning or essence of something
  50. the repetition of consonant sounds, generally at the beginnings of words
  51. a major unit of a drama, or play
  52. a subdivision of an act in a play
  53. the conversation between characters
  54. the written instructions that explain how to perform a play, including how the characters should look, speak, move, and behave
    stage directions
  55. drama in which the main character suffers a fall from fortune
  56. the main character in a tragedy
    tragic hero
  57. a characteristic of the tragic hero that causes him or her to suffer a fall from good fortune
    tragic flaw
  58. a group that sang hymns in praise of the gods
  59. drama that deals with light and amusing subjects or with serious subjects in a light, familiar, or satirical manner
  60. a contrast between appearance and reality
  61. the outcome of a situation is the opposite of what is expected
    situational irony
  62. a person says one thing but means another
    verbal irony
  63. the reader or audience knows something the characters do not
    dramatic irony
  64. a long speech or written expression of thoughts by a character in a literary work or a dramatic device in which a character, alone onstage reveals his or her private thoughts and feelings as if thinking aloud
    monologue or soliloquy
  65. in a play, a comment that a character makes to the audience, which other characters onstage do not hear
  66. the central character in a literary work, around whom the main conflict revolves
  67. a person or a force in a society or nature that opposes the protagonist, or central character, in a story or drama
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English Literary Terms
Final on Tuesday, 28 May 2013.
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