Literary Terms Continued
narrative â€“ writing or speech that tells a story.
narrator â€“ the speaker or character who is telling the story.
non-fiction - writing that tells about real people, places, objects, or events.
objective details â€“ details that are factual and true to life.
oxymoron â€“ the close placement of words having opposite or near opposite
meanings in order to create a unique description.
parable â€“ a short tale that illustrates a universal truth, a belief that appeals to all
people of all civilizations.
personification â€“ a type of figurative language in which a non-human subject
is given human characteristics.
plot â€“ the sequence of events in a literary work.
point of view â€“ the perspective from which a story is told.
pun â€“ a humorous play on words.
repetition â€“ the repeated use of words or phrases in order to emphasize a point.
resolution â€“ the events that occur in the falling action of a storyâ€™s plot.
setting â€“ the time and location of the events described in a literary work.
simile â€“ a comparison between two things, using â€œlikeâ€� or â€œasâ€�.
speaker â€“ the imaginary voice assumed by the writer of a poem, the one
describing the events in a poem.
stanza â€“ a group of lines in a poem.
static character â€“ a character who does not undergo a change over the course of a story
subjective details â€“ details that reveal the authorâ€™s feelings, attitudes, or judgments.
symbol /symbolism â€“ anything that stands for or represents something else.
theme â€“ a central message, idea, or concern that expressed in a literary work.
tone â€“ the attitude of an author toward the subject that he/she is writing
character - refers to what someone is like â€“ what their qualities are
(Someoneâ€™s character refers to their character traits.)
narrative poetry - poetry that tells a story
subject - what the story or poem is about (the topic)