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CLEP Lit Vocab 2

CLEP Analyzing & Interpreting Literature Vocabulary 2

TermDefinition
Symbol something that suggest more than its literal meaning. A thing, person, or idea that represents an idea. (Subject to multiple interpretations in poetry)
Theme Often called its central idea. A lot like the main melody in a song. It is the "why" of the story in which the author/narrator keep coming back to.
Haiku A poem that is 17 syllables long, unrhymed, with three lines total in this order: 5 syllables, 7 syllables, 5 syllables.
Rhyme In poetry it is two lines that end in similarly sounding words.
Eye Rhyme In poetry when words at the end of a line look alike, but do not rhyme.
Stanza A group of lines in a poem.
Couplet pattern Would look like this AABBCCDDEE. Every two lines in a poem would rhyme.
Triplet 3 lines in a stanza.
Quatrain 4 lines in a stanza.
Metering in a poem A line in a poem is named for the number of feet it contains: monometer, dimeter, trimeter, tetrameter, pentameter, hexameter, or heptameter.
Iambic Pentameter Most common form of metering in poetry.
Monometer One foot
Dimeter Two feet
Tetrameter Four feet
Pentameter Five feet
Hexameter Six feet
Trimeter Three feet
Heptameter Seven feet
Free Verse a poem written in whatever format you want.
Sonnet A rhymed, metered poem which is 14 lines long.
Limerick a nonsense poem, with five lines. Lines 1 & 2 rhyme, 3 & 4 rhyme, and line 5 rhymes with line 1.
Elegy A poem to memorialize someone.
Voice Another word for narrator, though differs slights, because there is a person or personality talking or telling the story.
Word Choice refers to the words used in a poem.
Word Order The order words are arranged in a poem.
Imagery refers to the language that evokes a physical sensation produced by one of the five senses. Helps establish a mood, and may also help indicate theme.
Figures of speech A way of describing one thing in terms of something else. Common figures of speech include metaphors, similes, and personification.
Simile Comparison between two different items that includes the words "like" or "as."
Metaphor Comparison between two things without using the words "like" or "as."
Personification giving human characteristics to inanimate objects.
In a play, what is an Act. represents a major change or advance in the plot.
In a play, what is a Scene represents a self-contained point in time and place in which a main event occurs.
Props These are the items-"properties"- that are put on stage for the actors to interact with.
What role does Music fill in a play? To help create a mood or it can be used as an active element that involves the characters directly.
Sound Effects Sounds other than the play's music or the characters' speech.
Created by: marsda2003