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Glossary of Literary Terms
Transcript of Glossary of Literary Terms
Can be fables, parables, poems, stories-any written style or genre. Main purpose is to tell a story whose characters, setting, or other symbols have both literal and figurative meaning. Allegory a person portrayed
in a novel, or drama Character a pattern of repetition of
consonant sounds. Often used in
poems to represent audibly the action
taking place Alliteration "Once upon a midnight dreary, *w*hile I pondered, *w*eak and *w*eary,
Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore,
While I *n*odded, *n*early *n*apping, suddenly there came a tapping,..... time of culminating intensity
in a narrative or drama.
When everything comes together! Climax groups of words
that describe something either directly
or with an implied comparision Figurative language final resolution
clarification of a dramatic or narrative plot;
the events following the climax - in which the resolution takes place Denouement conversation between characters
in a drama or narrative Dialogue My brother was boiling mad. (This implies he was very, very angry.) metaphor analogies simile
two fundamentally unlike things are explicitly compared, usually in a phrase introduced by like or as. verse in which the meter
and line length vary Free verse also no discernible rhyming pattern Fog by Carl Sandburg
The fog comes
on little cat feet.
It sits looking
over harbor and city
on silent haunches
and then moves on. words or phrases
conveying sensory images
that help a reader to SEE a poem or story Imagery Protagonist Antagonist Motivation an inducement or incentive to action figurative language
in which human characteristics are given to
animals, ideas or objects Personification Hey diddle, Diddle,
The cat and the fiddle,
The cow jumped over the moon;
The little dog laughed
To see such sport,
And the dish ran away with the spoon. the frame of reference, or vantage point
from which the narrative is written Point of View I First person Third person Third person omniscent He/She or They reader knows what all characters are thinking time, place and circumstances
to which a narrative, drama or
movie takes place Setting Plot the plan of events or main story in a narrative or drama the one who tells the story;
the speaker, or the "voice" of
an oral or written work Narrator main character/lead figure
in a play, novel/story/poem opposes and contends against another; an adversary. The principal character in opposition to the protagonist or hero ...