100 Literary Device Flashcards

  1. Allegory
    fable: a short moral story (often with animal characters)
  2. Alliteration
    • repitition of consonant sounds within a line or stanza
    • Example: "around the rock the ragged rascal ran"
    • "Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers …"
  3. Allusion
    usually an implict reference, perhaps to another work of literature or art, to a person or an event
  4. Ambiguity
    more than one meaning or interpertation, meaning cannot be determined by its context
  5. Anachronism
    something located at a time when it could not have existed or occurred, an artifact that belongs to another time
  6. Analogy
    an inference that if things agree in some respects they probably agree in others
  7. Anaphora
    using a pronoun or similar word instead of repeating a word used earlier
  8. Antithesis
    • the balancing of one idea with a contrasting idea, exact opposite
    • Example: to err is human; to forgive, devine
  9. Apostrophe
    A figure of speach in which a thing, a place, an abstract idea, a dead or absent person, is adressed as if present and capable of understanding
  10. Appeals
  11. Archetype
    A symbol, usually an image, which recurs often enough in literature to be recognizable as an element of one's literary experience as a whole. ?
  12. Aside
    • An aside is a dramatic device in which a character speaks to the
    • audience. By convention the audience is to realize that the character's
    • speech is unheard by the other characters on stage. It may be addressed
    • to the audience expressly (in character or out) or represent an unspoken
    • thought.
  13. Asyndeton
  14. Blank Verse Cacophony ?
    Verse which consists of unrhymed five-stress lines; properly, iambic pentameters
  15. Caesura
    a break or pause in a line of poetry, dictated by the natural rythm of the language and/or enforced by punctuation
  16. Catharsis
  17. Characther/flat, round
  18. Charactherization
  19. Claim
  20. Colloquial Diction
  21. Comedy
  22. Conceit
  23. Conflict
  24. Connotation
    The suggestion or implication evoked by a word or phrase, or even quite a long statement of any kind, over and above what they mean or actually denote
  25. Consonance
    The close reptition of identical consonant sounds before and after diffrent vowels
  26. Dues Ex Machine
  27. Denotation
    The most literal and limited meaning of a word, regardless of what one may feel about it or the suggestions and ideas it conntes.
  28. Dialact
  29. Diction
    Denotes the vocabulary used by the writer
  30. Dystopia
  31. Elegy
    In classical literature an elegy was any poem composed of elegiac distichs, about various subjects such as death, war, love and similar themes
  32. Epigram
  33. Epilogue
  34. Epithet
  35. Extended Methaphor
  36. Euphony
  37. Fable
  38. Farce
  39. Flashback
  40. Foil
  41. Formal Diction
  42. Foreshadowing
  43. Frame Story
  44. Free Verse
  45. Hubris
  46. Hyperbole
  47. Iambic Pentameter
    A line of six iambic feet (each pair of feet taken as a unit or dipody) very common in skaspearean plays.
  48. Imagery
  49. In Medias Res
  50. Informal Diction
  51. Internal Rhyme
  52. Inversion
  53. Irony: Cosmic and Dramatic
  54. Irony: Situational and Verbal
  55. Malapropism
  56. Matriarchal Society
  57. Methapor
  58. Metonymy
  59. Motif
  60. Narrative Structure
  61. Nemesis
  62. Ode
  63. Onomatopoeia
  64. Oxymoron
  65. Pantomime
  66. Parable
  67. Paradox
  68. Paralipsis
  69. Parallelism
  70. Parody
  71. Pastoral Setting
  72. Pathetic Fallacy
  73. Pathos
  74. Patriarchal Society
  75. Periodic Society
  76. Personification
  77. Poetic Justice
  78. Point Of View
  79. Prologue
  80. Protagonist
  81. Puns
  82. Realism
  83. Rhetoric
  84. Rite of Passage
  85. Sarcasm
  86. Satire
  87. Setting
  88. Shift
  89. Simile
  90. Soliloquy
  91. Sonnet
  92. Style
  93. Symbol
  94. Synecdoche
  95. Syntax
  96. Theme
  97. Tone
    The reflection of a writer's attitude, manner, mood, and moral outlook of his work
  98. Tragedy
  99. Tragic Flaw/Hamartia
  100. Versimilatidue
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100 Literary Device Flashcards
100 Literary Devices