Lit Vocab MAT

  1. Allegory
    Poetry/prose in which abstract ideas are rep. by indiv. charac, events, or objects
  2. Alliteration
    rapid reps of consonants in a line of poetry/prose
  3. Allusion
    reference to 1 lit. work in another
  4. Anachronism
    chronological error. Relationship between events or objects that is historically impossible
  5. Anapest
    metrical foot:2 unstressed syllables r followed by stressed syllable
  6. Antagonist
    character that goes against the actions of the hero
  7. Antihero
    protagonist who has none of the characteristics associated with the hero
  8. Apostrophe
    direct address to someone or something not present
  9. Assonance
    rapid reps of vowels in poetry/prose
  10. Bathos
    deliberate anticlimax used to make a point
  11. Bildungsroman
    coming of age story, usually autobiographical
  12. Blank Verse
    Unrhymed poetry written in iambic pentameter
  13. Caesura
    pause in line of poetry
  14. Canto
    analogous to chapter in a novel, a division in a poem
  15. Conceits
    elaborate comparisons between unlike objects
  16. Consonance
    Reps of consonant sounds with unlike vowels-similar to alliteration
  17. Couplet
    pair of rhyming lines of poetry in the same meter
  18. Dactyl
    metrical foot composed of one stressed syllable followed by two unstressed syllables
  19. Denouement
    action following the climax
  20. Diction
    word choice or syntax
  21. Doggerel
    crudely written poetry, words are often magled to fit a rhyme scheme
  22. Elegy
    poem lamenting the passage of something
  23. Enjambment
    continuation of a phrase or sentence onto the following line
  24. Epistolary
    a novel/story told in form of letters
  25. Fable
    story used to illustrate a moral lesson
  26. Foot
    group of syllables that make up a metered unit of a verse
  27. Haiku
    Japanese poetical form, 3 lines and 17 syllables. 5 in the first line, 7 in the second, and 5 in the third.
  28. Hubris
    tragic drama, excessive pride leads to fall of hero
  29. Hyperbole
    exaggeration for effect
  30. Iamb
    foot containing 2 syllables, short then long (quantitative meter)
  31. Irony
    literal meaning vs intended meaning
  32. Malapropism
    humorous effect; substitution of a word for one that sounds similar but has a radically different meaning
  33. Metaphor
    a form of comparison in which something is said to be something else, often an unlikely pairing
  34. Meter
    combo of stressed and unstressed syllables that create the rhythm of a poem
  35. Metonymy
    phrase or statement that takes a larger meaning
  36. Motif
    recurrence of a word or theme in a novel or poem
  37. Onomatopoeia
    word whose sound suggests its meaning. example: "crash"
  38. Oxymoron
    two contradictory words used together to created deeper meaning. example: sweet sorrow
  39. Paradox
    seemingly contradictory phrase, which proves to be true upon comparison
  40. Pathos
    appeal that evokes pity or sympathy
  41. Scansion
    annotation of the meter of the poem
  42. Simile
    means of comparision using either "like" or "as"
  43. Sonnet
    verse form consisting of 14 lines arrange in an octet and a sextet, usually ending in a couplet. English Form-3 quatrains followed by a couplet
  44. Spondee
    metrical foot comprised of two stressed syllables
  45. Synecdoche
    use of part of a thing to represent the whole; for example, "wheels" for a car
  46. Tone
    attitude of the speaker, setting the mood for a given passage
  47. Trochee
    metrical foot composed of a stressed syllable followed by an unstressed syllable
  48. Villanelle
    verse form consisting of 5 tercets and a quatrain, the 1st and 3rd lines of tercet recur alternately as the last lines of the other tercets and together as the last lines of the quatrain
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