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English Literary Terms 3

Terms

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protagonist
the main character of a story
setting
the place and time of a story
plot
a series of events that make up a story
poetry
a literary work written in verse
literary ballad
a more elaborate versin of ballad written by known writers (narrative poem)
3rd person limited
a narrator tells a stroy and is limited to one person
sestet
a 6 line stanza
3rd person omniscient
all knowing narrator who follows any/all characters
stanza
a poetic paragraph (group of lines); stanzas are separated by a space
rhythm
any regularly recurrent flow of motion or sound
suspense
a sense of uncertainty about the outcome of a story
refrain
the recurring use of a phrase, an entire line, or a stanza (ex. "One perfect rose.")
speaker
the voice of the poem
simile
a comparison of 2 unlike things using "like" or "as"
tone
the author's attitude toward his/her subject
satire
a literary work that mocks or ridicules the stupidity of individuals, groups, institutions, or society
rhyme
the repetition of accented vowel sounds and all succeeding sounds in words that appear close to each other
poetic license
the freedom to change words or invent new ones, rearrange the normal order of words, and omit understood phrases in order to create a certain mood/ special meaning
quatrain
a 4 line stanza
Petrarchan (italian) sonnet
1 octave (abbaabba ot abababab) that presents 1 POV and 1 sestet (cdecde, cdccdc, or cdedce) that presents an opposite POV
theme
the message the author wants you to take away from the story
rhyme scheme
a way of identifying the pattern of rhymes in a poem (lower case letters-a,b,c,d)
rising action
the events leading up to the climax of a story
symbol
an object, a person, an action, or an event that maintains its own meaning while at the same time standing for something broader than itself (something tangible representing something intangible)
Shakespearean (english) sonnet
3 quatrains (abab, cdcd, efef) that present a problem + 1 couplet (gg) that presents a solution
onomatopoeia
occurs when the sound of a word imitates or suggests its meaning (ex. buzz, chirp, ding, meow, roar, crack, squeak, yelp, bang, boom)
sonnet
a 14 line poem
short story
a story written in prose that's shorter than a novel
point of view
the vantage point from which a story is told
villanelle
a 19 line poem with 6 stanzas; stanzas 1-5 have 3 lines each, stanza 6 has 4 lines (aba, aba, aba, aba, aba, abaa)
personification
giving human characterisitcs to an inanimite object
2nd person POV
"you" = usually associated with a handbook
haiku
a 3 line poem, with 17 syllables total
1st person POV
I, me, we, my = main character narrating the story
pun
a play on words

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