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