English III Literary Terms

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Allegory

An allegory is a literary device that uses symbolic figures, actions, or events to represent abstract ideas or moral qualities. It is a form of extended metaphor where characters and events have a deeper meaning beyond the literal interpretation.

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Alliteration

Alliteration is a literary device that involves the repetition of initial consonant sounds in a series of words or phrases. It is often used to create rhythm, emphasize certain words, or add musicality to writing.

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Allusion

An allusion is a figure of speech that refers to a well-known person, event, or literary work, often used to enhance the meaning or depth of a text.

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Ambiguity

A statement which can contain two or more meanings.

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Anadiplosis

The term anadiplosis is a Greek word which means “to reduplicate”. It refers to the repetition of a word or words in successive clauses in such a way that the second clause starts with the same word which marks the end of the previous clause.

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Analogue

A comparison between two similar things. In literature, a work which resembles another work either fully or in part. If a work resembles another because it is derived from the other, the original work is called the source, not an analogue of the later work.

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Anapest

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Anaphora

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Anecdote

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Antagonist

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Antimetabole

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Antithesis

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Aphorism

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Apostophe

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Aside

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Assonance

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Asyndeton

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Autobiography

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Ballad

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Biography

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Blank Verse

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Cacophony/Euphony

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Caesura

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Canto

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Carpe Diem

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Catastrophe

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Characterization

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Chiasmus

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Classicism

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Climax

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Comedy

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Conceit

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Conclusion

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Concrete Poetry

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Conflict

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Connotation / Denotation

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Consonance

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Couplet

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Dactyl

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Dialogue

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Diction

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Dramatic Monologue

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Elegy

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Epic

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Epigraph

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Epithet

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Euphemism

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Exposition

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Fable

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Falling Action

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Farce

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Figurative Language

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Figure of Speech

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Flashback

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Foil

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Foot

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Foreshadowing

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Free Verse

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Genre

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Haiku

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Hyperbole

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Iamb

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Idiom

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Imagery

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Inference

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Irony

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Litotes

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Local Color

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Lyric Poem

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Metaphor

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Meter

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Metonymy

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Mood

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Myth

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Narrative Poem

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Novel

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Ode

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Onomatopoeia

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Oxymoron

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Parable

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Paradox

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Parallel Structure

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Parody

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Passive Voice

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Pastoral

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Pathetic Fallacy

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Personification

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Plot

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Point of View

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Polysyndeton

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Protagonist

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Pun

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Quatrain

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Resolution

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Rhyme

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Rhythm

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Rising

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Romance

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Saga

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