A Dramatic Monologue
a poem in which a character addresses another character or the reader. Offsets of Epic form
A character who contrasts with the central character, often with the purpose of emphasizing some trait in the central character.
the main figure in a work of literature
a monologue delivered by a character in a play who is alone onstage.
a story in which major elements such as character settings represent universal truths or moral lessons in a one to one correspondence
the repetition of the initial consonant sounds of a sequence of words
a reference to another work of art or literature or to a person place or event outside the work
a long narrative poem
a sudden realization or new understanding achieved by a character or speaker.
a character in conflict with the protagonist
a main character who acts outside the usual lines of heroic
an image or symbol with a universal meaning that evokes a common emotional reaction in readers
a remark made by an actor to the audience
a repetition of vowel sounds or patterns in neighboring words.
the purging of emotions that the audience experiences as a result of the powerful climax of a classical tragedy
a piece of literature written as though for the stage, but intended only to be read
poetry that includes pieces of a poets autobiography or personal experience.
made relevant by Sylvia pratt, anne sexton
the central problem in a story. the source of tension between protagonist and antagonist.
the assocations a word carries beyond it literal meaning
the literal meaning of a word opposite of connotation
the period after the stories climax when conflicts are addressed and/or resolved.
deux ex machine
Latin for God from the machine. a literary device often seen in drama that resolves a conflict by unforeseen and often far fetched means
a situation in which an author or narrator lets the reader know more about a situation than a character does.
a character whose personality and behavior alter over the course of the action in response to challenges and changing circumstance.
a novel written in the form of letters between two or more characters or in the form of diary entries
the narrative presentation of necessary information about the character, setting or characters history provided to make the reader care what happens to the characters in the story.
the device of moving back in time to a point before the primary action of the story
a character with a narrow range of speech or action. flat characters are predictable and do not develop over the course of the plot.
a hint about plot elements to come, both to advance the plot and build suspense.
a literary category or form such as the short story or novel, or a specific type of fiction, such as science fiction or mystery.
a poetic meter in which each line contains five feet, predominantly iambs. Iambic pentameter is the most commonly used meter in English poetry. comprising of sonnets
In media res
Latin for “in the middle of things”
A tone characterized by a distance between what occurs and what is expected to occur or between what is said and what is meant.
words used with specific meaning for a particular group of people
Limited omniscient narrator
a third person narrator who enters into the mind of only one character at a time.
the acts of analyzing, interpreting, and commenting on literature.
a form of drama in which the figures on stage taught right and proper behavior-morality- to those who watched.
a play that enacted stories of the bible.
a short novel, more complex than a short story but shorter than novel
male children jealous of father becuase of sexual attraction to mother
a third person narrator who observes the thoyughts and describes the actions
the use of words that imitate the sounds that they refer to.
a poem’s speaker which may or may not ise the voiuce of the poet.
a figure of speech in which a writer ascribes human traits or behavior to something inhuman.
a word invented by combing two other words to achieve the effect of both
a realistic setting with three flat walls that simulate a room
a character with complex, multifaced characteristics.
the process of determining the metrical pattern of a line of poetry by marking its stresses and feet.
a sonnet form composed of three quatrains and a final couplet
a situation portrayed in a poem when what occurs is the oppsite or very different from what’s expected to occur.
a character, often flat, who does not change over the course of the story
a character who represents a concept or type of behavior.
an object, image, character, or action that suggests meaning beyond the everyday literal level.
the narratives turning point in a struggle between oppsoing forces. the point of the highest conflict in a story.
The Fourth Wall
the invisible wall of the stage through which the audience views the action.
Theatre in the round
an arena stage is surrounded on a side by the audience with all the action taking place on a stage in the center
a central or underlying meaning of a literary work.
a papers purpose and aurgument, defind by a thiesis statement and proved by the paper’s conclusion.
a statement in which the stated meaning is very different from the implied meaning