Omniscient Point of View: Knowing all things, usually the third person.
Onomatopoeia: Use of a word whose sound on some degree imitates or suggests its meaning.
Oxymoron: Figure of speech in which two contradicting words or phrases are combined to produce a rhetorical effect by means of a concise paradox.
Pacing: Rate of movement; tempo.
Parable: A story designed to convey some religious principle, moral lesson, or general truth.
Paradox: A statement apparently self-contradictory or absurd but really containing a possible truth; an opinion contrary to generally accepted ideas.
Parallelism: The principle in sentence structure that states elements of equal function should have equal form.
Parody: An imitation or mimicking of a composition or of the style of a well known artist.
Pathos: The ability in literature to call forth feelings of pity, compassion, and/or sadness.
Pedantry: A display of learning for its own sake.
Personification: A figure of speech attributing human qualities to inanimate objects or abstract ideas.
Plot: A plan or scheme to accomplish a purpose.
Poignant: Eliciting sorrow or sentiment.
Point of View: The attitude unifying any oral or written argumentation; physical point from which the observer views what he is describing.
Postmodernism: Literature characterized by experimentation, irony, multiple meanings, playfulness and a blurred boundary between real and imaginary.
Prose: The ordinary form of spoken and written language, language that does not have a regular rhyme pattern.
Protagonist: The center character in a work of fiction, opposes antagonist.
Pun: Play on words, the humorous use of a word emphasizing different meanings or applications.
Purpose: The intended result wished by an author.
Realism: Writing about the ordinary aspects of life in a straightforward manner to reflect life as it actually is.
Refrain: A phrase or verse recurring at intervals in a poem or song; chorus.
Requiem: Any chant, hymn, or musical service for the dead.
Resolution: Point in a literary work at which the chief dramatic complication is worked out; denouement.
Restatement: Idea repeated for emphasis.
Rhetoric: Use of language, both written and verbal in order to persuade.
Rhetorical Question: Question suggesting its own answer or not requiring an answer; used in argument or persuasion.