Literary Glossary: O–P

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Onomatopoeia

Describes words that sound like their meanings (e.g. buzz, pop).

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Oral History

Description of past events by word of mouth, and more recently through audio and video recordings.

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Persona

The person created by an author to tell the story. See also: narrator.

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Personification

Attributing human characteristics to animals, abstract ideas, or inanimate objects.

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Plot

Attributing human characteristics to animals, abstract ideas, or inanimate objects.

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Point-of-view

The perspective from which a story is told. See also: voice.

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Proverb

A short, memorable, and often highly condensed saying with bold imagery that embodies some fact, belief or experience held in common by a group.

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