Curtis Wong

Wilcox 3rd Period
022207
Literary Terms
1. Objective – Based on facts and logic.
2. Subjective – Based on opinion, feeling, and individual perception.
3. Point of View
1.1st person – I, me, my
2. 3rd person Omniscient – Aware of all characters thoughts
4. Structure – Arraignment of story’s part.
5. Imagery – Re-creation of sensory experience using descriptive language ( all 5 senses)
6. Interior Monologue – Presentation in a story of a characters actual thoughts as they occur in the
mind. (“stream of consciousness”)
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8. Diction – A writer’s choice of words
9. Tone – A writer’s attitude toward their subject.
10. Stanza – A group of lines forming a section of a poem; A paragraph of poetry.
11. Rhyme Scheme – A pattern of rhymes at the end of lines of poetry
a. ex: ‘Tell me not, in mournful numbers, Life is but an empty dream!, For the soul is dead that
slumbers, And things are not what they seem.
12. Meter – A consistent pattern of accented and unaccented syllables in a line of poetry.
a. Ex: But|to|act|that|each|tomorrow.
1 2 3 1 2 3
13. Form – The way a poem is organized or put together.
14. Metaphor – Comparison in language between two unlike things.
15. Simile – A comparison in language between two unlike things like as or like.
16. Anaphora – Using the same word(s) to begin a consecutive series of sentences, phrases, or lines
or poetry.
a. ex: we will.../we will.../we will.../
17. Catalog – There are frequent lists of people, things, and attributes.
18. Repetition – Words or phrases are repeated at the beginning of 2 or more lines.
19. Free Verse – No rhyme scene, no meter, and no stanza.
20. Gothic literature – Literature featuring grotesque characters, bizarre situations, and violent
events, often takes pages in medieval castles, dungeons, and graveyards.
21. Internal Rhyme – A rhyme within a line of poetry
22. Allusion – A reference in a story or to history
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24. Paradox – An apparent contradiction that is somehow true.
25. Symbol – A thing or action meant to represent something beyond the surface meaning.
26. Aphorism – A brief Statement, usually one sentence long, that expresses a general principle or
truth about life.
27. Verbal Irony – Saying the opposite of what is really meant, for effect.
28. Dramatic Irony – When the reader or audience knows how to be true the opposite of what a
character believes to be true.
29. Situational Irony – When an outcome is the opposite of what is expected or of what rightly
“should” be.
30. Main Clause – Phrase with noun and verb which can stand on its own as a sentence.

31. Subordinate Clause – Phrases with a noun and verb which cannot stand on its own as a
sentence.
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