Dr. Joanne E. Gates
     Literary Terms Lists
    Jacksonville State University
         English Department
 


TERMS YOU SHOULD BE ABLE TO WORK WITH:
[Some of these are less relevant to Literature or Shakespeare studies, but this list is a good review of terms you should have mastered in EH 102.]
 

POETIC TERMS
alliteration, assonance, consonance
allusion
analogy
apostrophe
carpe diem
aubade
blank verse
connotation, denotation
counterpoint (antithesis),
parallelism
couplet, octave, quatrain, stanza
double rhyme, feminine rhyme,
internal rhyme, end rhyme
masculine rhyme
enjambment (run on line),
end-stopped line
Shakespearean Sonnet

figurative language
diction (in drama and poetry)
foot, meter, scansion, stress,
trimeter, pentameter
iambic meter, rhythm
hyperbole, understatement
imagery
personification
symbol (also open symbol)
inversion, irony
metaphor (also extended metaphor)
metonymy, simile, synecdoche
onomatopoeia
pun
paradox, oxymoron
rhyme scheme
theme, tone
DRAMATIC TERMS
dramatic convention 
aside, soliloquy
catharsis, tragedy
  (especially Aristotle's definition; 
also Senecan tragedy)
chorus, or choric character
stichomythia 
climax, denouement
deus ex machina
in media res
dramatic irony
epic theatre, realistic drama
flat, stock character 
confidant, developing, foil character 
exposition 
plot 
comedy, farce 
melodrama
metadrama, metatheatrical
Shakespearean Romance, tragicomedy
playwright
FILM TERMS:
Boom / Crane shot 
Cut / Cutaway 
Continuity 
Dissolve 
Dolly shot
Extreme close-up
Fade
Hand held
Pan
Pit shot (camera underneath action, looking up)
Point of View 
Re-focus shot / Soft focus 
Slow motion 
"Three-shot"
Voice-over 
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For some authorized web resources for identification and definition of terms, start at the department's list of links, http://www.jsu.edu/depart/english/engother.htm#gen

Dr. Gates e mail:  jgates@jsucc.jsu.edu.