Literary Terms

  1. Action
  2. Ad Hominem
  3. Adage
  4. Adventure
  5. Allegory
  6. Alliteration
  7. Allusion
  8. Alter Ego
  9. Ambiguity
  10. Amplification
  11. Anachronism
  12. Anagram
  13. Analogy
  14. Anaphora
  15. Anecdote
  16. Antagonist
  17. Anthimeria
  18. Anthropomorphism
  19. Antithesis
  20. Antonomasia
  21. Aphorism
  22. Aphorismus
  23. Apologia
  24. Apologue
  25. Aporia
  26. Aposiopesis
  27. Appositive
  28. Archaism
  29. Archetype
  30. Argument
  31. Assonance
  32. Asyndeton
  33. Autobiography
  34. Bathos
  35. Burlesque
  36. Buzzword
  37. Cacophony
  38. Caesura
  39. Catharsis
  40. Character
  41. Chiasmus
  42. Chronicle
  43. Circumlocution
  44. Cliché
  45. Cliffhanger
  46. Climax
  47. Coherence
  48. Comedy
  49. Connotation
  50. Consonance
  51. Contrast
  52. Conundrum
  53. Denotation
  54. Denouement
  55. Deus ex machina
  56. Diacope
  57. Dialogue
  58. Diction
  59. Doppelganger
  60. Double Entendre
  61. Drama
  62. Dystopia
  63. Ellipsis
  64. Enjambment
  65. Enthymeme
  66. Epigram
  67. Epiphany
  68. Epistrophe
  69. Epitaph
  70. Epithet
  71. Eponym
  72. Equivocation
  73. Essay
  74. Etymology
  75. Euphemism
  76. Excursus
  77. Exemplum
  78. Exposition
  79. Extended Metaphor
  80. Fable
  81. Fairy Tale
  82. Fantasy
  83. Farce
  84. Figures of Speech
  85. Flashback
  86. Folklore
  87. Foreshadowing
  88. Genre
  89. Haiku
  90. Hamartia
  91. Homage
  92. Homophone
  93. Horror
  94. Hyperbaton
  95. Hyperbole
  96. Idiom
  97. Imagery
  98. Inference
  99. Innuendo
  100. Intertextuality
  101. Invective
  102. Irony
  103. Jargon
  104. Juxtaposition
  105. Kairos
  106. Limerick
  107. Lingo
  108. Literary Device
  109. Litotes
  110. Malapropism
  111. Maxim
  112. Metanoia
  113. Metaphor
  114. Metonymy
  115. Mnemonic
  116. Monologue
  117. Montage
  118. Motif
  119. Motto
  120. Mystery
  121. Narrative
  122. Nemesis
  123. Neologism
  124. Ode
  125. Onomatopoeia
  126. Oxymoron
  127. Palindrome
  128. Parable
  129. Paradox
  130. Parallelism
  131. Paraphrase
  132. Parody
  133. Pastiche
  134. Pathetic Fallacy
  135. Peripeteia
  136. Persona
  137. Personification
  138. Plagiarism
  139. Platitude
  140. Pleonasm
  141. Plot
  142. Poetry
  143. Polemic
  144. Polyptoton
  145. Polysyndeton
  146. Prologue
  147. Propaganda
  148. Prose
  149. Protagonist
  150. Proverb
  151. Pseudonym
  152. Pun
  153. Quest
  154. Rebus
  155. Red Herring
  156. Repetition
  157. Resolution
  158. Rhetoric
  159. Rhetorical Device
  160. Rhetorical Question
  161. Riddle
  162. Romance
  163. Sarcasm
  164. Sardonic
  165. Satire
  166. Self-Fulfilling Prophecy
  167. Setting
  168. Simile
  169. Soliloquy
  170. Sonnet
  171. Stanza
  172. Stereotype
  173. Style
  174. Subtext
  175. Surrealism
  176. Symbol
  177. Synecdoche
  178. Synonym
  179. Synopsis
  180. Tautology
  181. Theme
  182. Thesis
  183. Thriller
  184. Tone
  185. Trope
  186. Turning Point
  187. Understatement
  188. Utopia
  189. Verisimilitude
  190. Vernacular
  191. Vignette
  192. Villain
  193. Wit
  194. Zeugma