Literary Terms : A



ACATALECTIC: This is a line of verse whose metrical pattern or syllables are complete only at the last syllable.

ACOUSTIC:  This is used in the theatre to realize sound effects.

AESTHETICS: In literature has to do with the creation of beauty.

ALLEGORY:  This is a story in which the persons and incidents have a symbolic meaning, generally to teach a moral lesson.

ALLIFERATION:  This is the repetition of the same initial sound (consonant) in two or more words in close succession.

ALLONYM:  A work published under another’s name.

ALLUSION:  This is a reference to something outside the immediate scope of what is being presented.

ALTERNATIVE RHYME:</em< These are lines of poetry that rhyme alternately.

ANA: This is a collection of table talk such as gossip and memorable sayings of a person.

ANAGNORISIS: This is a moment of recognition of truth when ignorance gives way to knowledge in a character.

ANAPHORA: This is a rhetorical, device of repeating a word or a phrase at the beginning of successive lines and sentences.

ANTAGONIST: An antagonist is the person who directly opposes the hero (protagonist) in a story.

ANTI-CLIMAX: This is a case of spoiling the effect of a climax by adding an item of much less importance. It is the opposite of climax.

ANTHOLOGY: This is a collection of passages of poetry

ANTITHESIS: This is the figure of speech in which two words or ideas of opposite meaning are included in a sentence to express contrast.

ANTONOMASIA: In this case, a name is used in place of a general class or idea for which it is a representative.

APOSTROPHE: In this case, a person talks to another who is not physically present or to an object which is incapable of listening.

ASIDE: This is a situation when a statement is made on stage to the hearing of only the audience. In literary convention, ‘aside’ is used to make a pointed remark,

ASSONANCE: This is the rhyming of vowels but not consonant. It is like a direct opposite of alliteration OR Assonance occurs when sounds are repeated in a sentence or line of poetry.

ATMOSPHERE: This is the prevailing mood, feelings and thought of actions of people

ATTITUDE: This is how the poet or writer behaves, towards what he or she is narrating.

AUDIENCE: The people watching the play as its being acted on stage.

AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION: The technique in which both the stage and the auditorium are involved in a play production.

AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL NARRATIVE METHOD: This method tell story in the first person.

AUTOBIOGRAPHY: This is the story of a person life as written by that person.

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