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A Glossary of Literary Terms

Chris Baldick
Don’t be an oxymoron. Know your literary terms.
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In other projects Wikimedia Commons. This page was last edited on 4 September , at By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. An acrostic in which the first letter of every word, strophe or verse follows the order of the alphabet. Noun used to describe the stress put on a certain syllable while speaking a word. For example, there has been disagreement over the pronunciation of "Abora" in line 41 of "Kubla Khan" by Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

According to Herbert Tucker of the website For Better For Verse, the accent is on the first and last syllable of the word, making its pronunciation: Accentual verse is common in children's poetry. Nursery rhymes and the less well-known skipping-rope rhymes are the most common form of accentual verse in the English Language.

An acrostic is a poem or other form of writing in which the first letter, syllable, or word of each line, paragraph, or other recurring feature in the text spells out a word or a message. An Acrostic by Edgar Allan Poe. A word or phrase which modifies a noun or pronoun, grammatically added to describe, identify, or quantify the related noun or pronoun. A describing word used to modify a verb, adjective, or another adverb. Typically ending in -ly, adverbs answer the questions when, how, and how many times.

A type of writing in which the settings, characters, and events stand for other specific people, events, or ideas. A figure of speech that makes a reference to, or representation of, people, places, events, literary work, myths, or works of art, either directly or by implication. An interjected scene that takes the narrative back in time from the current point the story has reached. A version of the foot in poetry in which the first two syllables of a line are unstressed, followed by a stressed syllable.

Intercept the syllables in and ter are unstressed followed by cept which is stressed. A short account of a particular incident or event, especially of an interesting or amusing nature. The adversary of the hero or protagonist of a drama or other literary work: Iago is the antagonist [18] of Othello.

The omission of conjunctions between clauses. An example is when John F. Kennedy said on January the 20th " Verse written in iambic pentameter without rhyme. Also known as "lexis" and "word choice," the term refers to the words selected for use in any oral, written, or literary expression.

Diction often centers on opening a great array of lexical possibilities with the connotation of words by maintaining first the denotation of words. A line in poetry that ends in a pause—indicated by a specific punctuation, such as a period or a semicolon.

The continuing of a syntactic unit over the end of a line. Enjambment occurs when the sense of the line overflows the meter and line break. A long poem that narrates the victories and adventures of a hero. It can be identified by lofty or elegant diction. An interjected scene that takes the narrative forward in time from the current point of the story in literature, film, television, and other media.

Prose written in a terse, haikai style, accompanied by haiku. Broad genre comprising the related forms haiku haikai-renga and haibun. A line from a poem hat has six feet in its meter. Another name for hexameter is "The Alexandrine. In Japanese poetry , the opening stanza of a renga or renku haikai no renga. A figure of speech that alters the syntactic order of the words in a sentence or separates normally-associated words. The term may also be used more generally for all different figures of speech that transpose the natural word order in sentences.

A term where different subordinate clauses are used in a sentence to qualify a single verb or modify it. A word that's tacked onto a sentence in order to add strong emotion. It's grammatically unrelated to the rest of the sentence.


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Reading and Literature – A Glossary of Literary Terms 3 Character: One of the people (or animals) in a story. Climax: The high point in the action of a story. Conflict: A problem or struggle between two opposing forces in a story. There are four basic conflicts: • .

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Alliteration is a literary device where words are used in quick succession and begin with letters belonging to the same sound group. Whether it is the consonant sound or a specific vowel group, the alliteration involves creating a repetition of similar sounds in the sentence.

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Decorum: In literary parlance, the appropriateness of a work to its subject, its genre and its audience. Diction: or lexis, or vocabulary of a passage refers to nothing more or less than its words. A work designed to ridicule a style, literary form, or subject matter either by treating the exalted in a trivial way or by discussing the trivial in exalted terms (that is, with mock dignity). Burlesque concentrates on derisive imitation, usually in exaggerated terms.

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A Glossary of Literary Terms. Thomson-Wadsworth, ISBN Chris Baldick. The Concise Dictionary of Literary Terms. Oxford Univ. Press, ISBN Chris Baldick. The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Literary Terms. Oxford Univ. Press, ISBN X. Edwin Barton & G. A. Hudson. Contemporary Guide To Literary Terms. Houghton-Mifflin, In literary studies, this combination of words with rough or unharmonious sounds are used for a noisy or jarring poetic effect. Cacophony is considered the opposite of euphony which is the use of beautiful, .