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Literary Lessons from the Lord of the Rings

This a list of the literary terms defined in the body of

Literary Lessons from The Lord of the Rings

and in a Simple Dictionary of Literary Terms in the Appendices.

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Alexandrine

Allegory

Alliteration

Alliterative meter                                       

Allusion

Alter-ego  

Anachronism

Anapest or anapestic foot

Antagonist

Aphorism

Archaic

Assonance

Atmosphere

Ballad

Beast fable

Blank verse

Bob and wheel” meter

Caesura

Catalogue

Catalyst

Catharsis

Characterization

Circular plot form

Cliffhanger

Closed couplets

Comic-relief

Conceit

Conflict

Couplet

Cross-rhyme

Dactyl or dactylic foot

Diction

Dimeter

Dramatic dialogue

Dynamic character

Elegy

End-stopped

Enjambment

Epic

Epic conventions

Epic simile

Epithet

Eucatastrophe

Euphemism

Exposition

Fantasy

Foil

Folk epics

Foot

Foreshadowing

Flashback

Flat characters

Frame

Frame tale

Free verse

Genre

Gnomic sayings

Haiku

Hexameter

Hymn meter

Iamb

Imagery

In medias res

Internal rhyme

Invocation

Irony

Kenning

Lays

Leit-motif

Limerick

Limited omniscient third person point of view

Linear plot form

Literary conventions

Literary criticism

Literary epic

Long measure

“Lost” word

Magnum opus

Metaphor

Meter

Monometer

Near rhyme

Omniscient narrator point of view

Open couplet

Oral traditions

Pastoral poetry

Pathos

Personification

Poetic diction

Pentameter

Person

Persona

Personification

Plot

Point of view

Propaganda

Prose

Protagonist

Quatrains

Refrain

Rhyme scheme

Rhyming couplet

Round characters

Sarcasm

Scansion

Science fiction

Septameter

Setting

Simile

Situational irony

Slant rhyme

Sonnet

Spenserian stanza

Spondee or spondaic foot

Stanza

Static character

Structure of poetry

Symbol

Tetrameter

Theme

Tone

Traditional British ballad

Trimeter

Trisyllabic assonances

Trochee or trochaic foot

Tushery

Two-dimensional character

Ubi sunt poetry

Understatement

Verisimilitude

“Willing suspension of disbelief”

Word play

 

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