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Literature Terms

burrito89's version from 2018-09-28 03:26


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Allegory Short story whose characters are symbolic
AlliterationTwo or more words in a sentence that begin with the same sound
AllusionA reference to a historical, mythological, literary, or Biblical person or event
AnalogyA comparison of something unfamiliar to something familiar to aid in understanding
AnecdoteBrief, illustrative story
ApostropheTalking to inanimate objects as though they understand; talking to people who are not present as though they could hear
ArgumentA claim supported by evidence
AssonanceRepetition of internal sounds


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CacophonyWords or sounds not pleasing to the ear
CharacterImaginary persons who carry out the plot in a play, story, or poem
ColloquialWords, phrases, or expressions peculiar to a specific region
ConflictA struggle between two opposing forces
ConnotationImplied meaning
ConsonanceRepetition of final sounds
DeductionA process of reasoning through which a generally accepted belief leads to a specific conclusion
DenotationActual or literal meaning


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DialectA sub-category of a particular language, characterized by unique or peculiar words, expressions, and/or pronunciations
DictionWord choice
EuphonyPleasing words
ExpositionThe part of a plot where characters, setting, and events are introduced or explained
Extended MetaphorAn extended implied comparison in which one thing is described in terms of another
Figurative LanguageVarious types of comparisons and language used on more than one level
GenreTypes of literature
HyperboleA strong exaggeration to make a point


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ImageryLanguage that appeals to the sense
InductionA process of reasoning through which specific facts lead to a general conclusion
IronyThe use of words in a way that conveys the opposite of what they mean
Dramatic IronyThe difference between what a character in a play knows and what we know
Situational IronyThe contrast between reality and perception
Verbal IronySaying the opposite of what is meant
MetaphorAn implied comparison in which one thing is described in terms of another
MetonymyUse of a part to represent a whole


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OnomatopoeiaWords that sound like their meaning
ParodyLiterary imitation usually intended to ridicule someone or something
PathosThe ability in literature to evoke emotion
PersonificationAscribing human characteristics to inanimate objects
PlotA series of events that move a story along
Point of viewThe perspective of a story
SarcasmHarsh or bitter verbal irony
SatireThe ridicule of human folly, usually with intent to correct it


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SettingThe time and place in which a story takes place
SimileAn implied comparison using "like" or "as" in which one thing is described in terms of another
StructureThe mechanics of a play or story, usually with three to five parts
StyleDistinction, excellence, originality, and character in literature
SymbolA word or group of words that stand for something else but also retain their meaning
SynecdocheUse of the whole to represent the part
SyntaxThe arrangement and relationship of words; grammar
ThemeThe main point of a poem or story
ToneThe attitude of the author or narrator toward the subject
UnderstatementAn exaggeration that minimizes something