Literary Terms 7th Grade Honors Part A Click Mouse to Advance
Alliteration The repetition of initial consonant sounds
Allusion A reference to a well-known person, event, place, literary work, or work of art
AnALogy Makes a comparison between two of more things that are similar in some ways but otherwise unalike
Anecdote A brief story or short tale about an interesting, amusing, or strange event
Antagonist An antagonist is a character or a force in conflict with a main character, or protagonist
Atmosphere Often called Mood. It is the feeling created in the reader by a literary work or passage
Author’s Influences These influences include his or her heritage, culture, and personal beliefs
Author’s Style Author’s typical way of writing
The story of the writer’s own life, told by thewriter Autobiography
Biography A form of nonfiction in which a writer tells the life story of a another person
Character A person or an animal that takes part in the action of a literary work
Characterization The act of creating and developing a character.
Character traits The qualities, attitudes, and values that a character has or displays---such as dependability, intelligence, selfishness, or stubbornness.
Climax Also called the turning point. It is the high point in the action of the plot
Comedy A literary work, especially a play, which is light, often humorous or satirical, and ends happily.
Concrete Poem Is one with a shape that suggests its subject
Conflict A struggle between opposing forces
Connotations The set of ideas associated with it in addition to its explicit meaning
Denotation Its dictionary meaning, independent of other associations that the word may have
A portrait, in words, of a person, place, or object Description
Dialect The form of a language spoken by people in a particular region or group
Dialogue A conversation between characters
Diction A writer’s or speaker’s word choice
Drama A story written to be performed by actors.
Essay A short nonfiction work about a particular subject