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Nativity- Literature

Literature Final

metaphor a figure of speech in which something is described as though it were something else. A metaphor, like a simile, works by pointing out a similarity between two things
meter this of a poem is its rythmical pattern that is determined by number and types of stresses, or beats, in each line
mood the feeling created by a literary work
moral a lesson tought by a literary work
motivation a reason that explains or partially explains a character's thoughts, feelings, actions, or speech
myth a fictional tale that explains the actions of gods or heroes or the orgins of the elements of nature
narration writing that tells a story including short stories, novels, biographies, histories, and autobiographies
narrator a speaker or character who tells the story
nonfiction prose writing that presents and explains ideas or that tells about real people, places, objects, or events
novel a long work of fiction that contain plot, character, conflict, and setting
onomatopoeia th use of words that imitate sounds
oral tradition the passing of songs, stories, and poems from generation to generation by word of mouth
personification a type of figurative language in which a nonhuman subjuect is given human characteristics
persuasion writing or speech that attempts to convinve the reader to adopt and opinion or course of action
plot the sequence of events in a literary work
point of view the perspective or vantage point from which a story is told
repetition the use, more than once, of any element of language
science fiction writing that tells about imaginary events that involve science or technology
setting the time and place of the action
simile a figure of speech that makes a direct comparison between two unlike subjects using like or as
suspense a feeling of anzious uncertainty about the outcome of events in a literary work
theme a central message, concern, or insight into life expressed in a literary work
forshadowing the use of a literary wordk, of clues that suggest events that have yet to occur
folktale a story that was composed oraly and then passed from person to person by word of mouth
flash back a section of a literary work that interrupts the sequence of events to relate an event from an earlier time
free verse poetry not written in a regular rhythical pattern, or meter
poetry one of the three major types of literature, the others being prose and drama - language used in special ways
protagonist the main character in a litarary work
rhyme the repetition of sounds at the ends of words
sensory language writng of speech that appeals to one or more of the five senses
short story a brief work of fiction
stanza a group of lines in a poem, considered as a unit
symbol anything that stands for or represents something else
genre a division or type of literature
haiku a three-line japanese verse form
hero/herione a character whose actions are inspiring or noble
image a word or a phrase that appeals to one or more of the five senses
irony the general name given to lierary techniques that involve surprising or amusing contradictions
legend a widely told story about the past, one that may or may not have a foundation in fact
limerick a humorous, rhyming, five line poem with a specific meter and rhyme scheme
lyric poem a highly musical verse that expresses the observationand feelings of a single speaker
metamorphosis a change in shape or form
alliteration the repetition of initial consonant sounds
allusion a reference to a well known person, place, event, litereary work, or work of art
anecdote a brief story about an interesting, amusing, or strange event
antagonist a character or force in conflict with the main character or protagonist
autobiography a form of nonfiction in which a person tells his or her own life story
ballad a songlike poem that tells a story, often one dealing with adventure or romance
biography a form of nonfiction in which a writer tells the life story of another person
blank verse poetry written in unrhymed iambic pentameter lines (and that wasn't a misprint ) :)
character a person or an animal who takes part in the action of a literary work
characterization the act of creating and developing a character
conflict a struggle between opposing forces
description a portrain, in words, of a person, a place, or an object
dialect a form of a language spoken by people in a particluar region or group
dialog conversation between characters
drama a story written to be performed by actors
essay a short, nonfiction work about a particular subject
exposition writing or speech that explains or informs
extended metaphor when a subject is spoken or written of as though it were something else, but several points of comparison are suggested by the writer or speaker
fable a brief story usually with animal characters, that teaches a lesson, or moral
fantasy a highly imaginative writing that contains elements not found in real life
fiction prose writing that tells about imaginary characters and events
figurative language writing or speaking that is not meant to be taken literally
hubris the fault of excessive pride
hyperbole an exaggeration for effect that is not to be taken literally.
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