Introduction to Literary Studies

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Literary Terms

That you should know
 

These terms appear often in analysis of literature, and knowing them will make writing papers flow that much smoother.
 
Allegory
Alliteration
Allusion
Antagonist
Archetype
Assonance
Biographical Criticism
Blank Verse
Caesura
Character
Conflict
Connotation
Consonance
Conventions
Denotation
Denouement
Diction
Dramatic Irony
Dulce et utile
Dynamic Character
Farce
Feminist Criticism
Figurative Language
Flat Character
Free Verse
Freytag Pyramid
Genre
Historical Critcism
Iambic Pentameter
Imagery
Melodrama
Metaphor
Meter
Motif
Narrator
New Criticism
Off-Rhyme
Onomatopoeia
Overstatement
Paradox
Personification
Plot
Point of View
Protagonist
Psychological Criticism
Round Character
Rhythm (Sound)
Scansion
Setting
Simile
Situational Irony
Stanza Static Character
Stream of Consciousness
Symbol
Theater of the Absurd
Theme
Tone
Tragedy
Tropes
Turn
Ubi sunt motif
Verbal Irony



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