This webpage contains an alphabetical glossary of literary terms and their definitions . It focuses particularly on the material I most frequently teach (classical and medieval literature, the history of the English language, and science fiction narratives). Because the list is fairly lengthy, I have subdivided it into several pages. Hunt for the term you want alphabetically within each letter's webpage. You can supplement this knowledge by looking in the glossary in the back of your literature books, in dictionaries, and online more generally. Do note that entries marked with a tiny construction barrier ( )or the abbreviation TBA ("to be announced") are still in the process of being written or revised, so these entries will change as I polish them.
Wallace, Woolf, and Proust had a lot of practice before they wrote those elaborately long sentences and paragraphs, but I’ll bet they began by learning to craft simple, elementally ones, first. Much like great fashion taste, one learns to recognize the essentials–silk and sea-island cotton come first, then the layering of fine cashmere and wool, and the addition of accessories as the wardrobe builds. White may seem a bit tweedy to you now, but I think good taste never goes out of style, and even if updated, its basic elegance and premise remain intact.
Literary elements aid in the discussion of and understanding of a work of literature as basic categories of critical analysis; literary elements could be said to be produced by the readers of a work just as much as they are produced by its author. For the most part, they are popular concepts that are not limited to any particular branch of literary criticism , although they are most closely associated with the formalist method of professional literary criticism. There is no official definition or fixed list of terms of literary elements; however, they are a common feature of literary education at the primary and secondary level, and a set of terms similar to the one below often appears in institutional student evaluation. For instance, the New York State Comprehensive English Regents Exam requires that students use and discuss literary elements relating to specific works in each of the three essays.