Literary Terms Continued


narrative – writing or speech that tells a story.

narrator – the speaker or character who is telling the story.

non-fiction  - writing that tells about real people, places, objects, or events.

objective details – details that are factual and true to life.

oxymoron – the close placement of words having opposite or near opposite
         meanings in order to create a unique description.

parable – a short tale that illustrates a universal truth, a belief that appeals to all
         people of all civilizations.

personification – a type of figurative language in which a non-human subject
         is given human characteristics.

plot – the sequence of events in a literary work.

point of view – the perspective from which a story is told.

pun – a humorous play on words.

repetition – the repeated use of words or phrases in order to emphasize a point.

resolution – the events that occur in the falling action of a story’s plot.

setting – the time and location of the events described in a literary work.

simile – a comparison between two things, using “like� or “as�.

speaker – the imaginary voice assumed by the writer of a poem, the one
         describing the events in a poem.

stanza – a group of lines in a poem.

static character – a character who does not undergo a change over the course of a story

subjective details – details that reveal the author’s feelings, attitudes, or judgments.

symbol /symbolism – anything that stands for or represents something else.

theme – a central message, idea, or concern that expressed in a literary work.

tone – the attitude of an author toward the subject that he/she is writing
           about.

character  - refers to what someone is like – what their qualities are
            (Someone’s character refers to their character traits.)

narrative poetry  - poetry that tells a story

subject  - what the story or poem is about (the topic)