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Literary and Poetic Terms

Literary Terms
 As the year progresses, more terms will be added.
 

Allegory

Allusion

Attitude

Details (choice of details)

Diction

Figurative Language

Imagery

Irony

Metaphor

Narrative techniques

Omniscient point of view

Point of view

Rhetorical techniques

Satire

Setting

Simile

Sound devices  

Strategy – or rhetorical strategy

Structure

Style

Symbol

Syntax

Theme

Tone
Tone Words

1.        accusatory

2.        apathetic

3.        awe

4.        bitter

5.        cynical

6.        condescension; condescending

7.        callous

8.        contemplative

9.        critical

10.     choleric

11.     contemptuous

12.     caustic

13.     conventional

14.     disdainful

15.     didactic

16.     derisive

17.     earnest

18.     erudite

19.     fanciful

20.     forthright

21.     gloomy

22.     haughty

23.     indignant

24.     intimate

25.     judgmental

26.     jovial

27.     lyrical

28.     matter-of-fact

29.     mocking

30.     morose

31.     malicious

32.     objective

33.     optimistic

34.     obsequious

35.     patronizing

36.     pessimistic

37.     quizzical

38.     ribald

39.     reverent

40.     ridiculing

41.     reflective

42.     sarcastic

43.     sardonic

44.     satiric

45.     sincere

46.     solemn

47.     sanguineous 

48.     whimsical

 


Poetic Terms
1.  onomatopoeia
2.  assonance
3.  consonance
4.  alliteration
5.  enjambment
6.  caesura
7.  anaphora
8.  verse
9.  stanza
10. iambic pentameter
11.  iamb
12. trochee
13.  ballad
14.  blank verse
15.  free verse
16.  sonnet
17.  villanelle
18.  ode
19.  narrative poetry
20.  epic poetry
21.  cacophony
22.  euphony
23.  canto
24.  conceit
25.  couplet
26.  dirge
27.  dimeter
28.  dissonance
29.  dramatic monologue
30.  elegy
31.  end stopped
32.   epistle
33.  fixed form
34.  foot
35.  heroic couplet
36.  invocation
37.  Italian sonnet
38.  lament
39.  lyric
40.  meter
41.  pastoral
42. quatrain
43.  refrain
44.  rhyme
45.  rhythm