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Hodges English

TermDefinition
Abstract a style of writing that questions things like good and bad, doesn't support itself
academic dry and theoretical writing
accent stressed portion of a word
aesthetic appealing to the senses
allegory a story where each part has a outside symbolic meaning
alliteration repetition of initial consonant sounds
anachronism misplaced in time, something in the story not correct for the time period it is placed in
allusion a reference to another work or famous person
antecedent the word, phrase, or clause that determines what a pronoun refers to
anecdote short narrative
anticlimax the climax of the story doesn't stand up the what it was meant to be
anthropomorphism when inanimate objects are given characteristics
antihero a protagonist who is marked unheroic
aphorism a short, usually witty, saying
apostrophe a figure of speech where the speaker talks directly to a inanimate object
archaism the use of deliberately old-fashioned language
aside a speech (usually short) made by an actor to the audience
aspect a trait or characteristic
atmosphere the emotional tone or background that surrounds a scene
assonance the repeated use of vowel sounds
ballad a long, narrative poem, usually in a specific meter
bathos when writing of a scene evokes feelings of pity
pathos when writing strains for grandeur it cant support and jerks tears
black humor the use of disturbing themes in a comedy
bombast pretentious, exaggeratedly language
cacophony deliberate, harsh, awkward sounds
burlesque broad parody, ex: Hamlet
Cadence the rhythm of a piece of work
canto the name for a section in a long work of poetry
caricature a portrait that exaggerates a personality
catharsis the cleansing of emotion of an audience, having lived through the experiences presented on stage
chorus a group of people off stage making comments on what is going on in that scene
classic typical
coinage (neologism) a new word, usually invented on the spot
colloquilalism a word or phrase used everyday but isn't a part of the "school-book" english
conceit, controlling image startling or unusual metaphor developed and expanded over a few lines
complex/dense suggesting that there is more than one possibility in the meaning of a word
connotation everything the word suggests
denotation the book definition of a word
consonance repetition of consonant sounds within sounds
couplet a pair of lines that end in rhyme
Created by: jackson.canaan