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Lit Terms

TermDefinition
Chiasmus describes a situation in which you introduce subjects in the order A B C and talk about them in the order C B A
Anaphora repetition of a word or phrase at the beginning of successive phrases clauses or sentences
asyndeton omission of a conjunction from a list
colloquialism spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech
conceit farfetched simile or metaphor; speaker compares two highly dissimilar things
deus ex machina unrealistic or unexpected intervention to rescue protagonists or resolve conflict
epithet word or phrase preceding or following a name which serves to describe the character
homily inspirational saying or platitude
intentional fallacy assuming from the text what the author intended to mean
malapropism incorrect usage of a word usually with comic effect
metonymy word represents somethiing else which it suggests
parable literary form where style of author of particular work is mocked in its style for the sake of comic effect
pathetic fallacy attribution of human characteristics or emotions to inanimate objects or to nature
pastoral of relating to or being a literary or other artistic work that portrays or revokes rural life usually in an idealized way
scansion analysis of a poem's meter; marking stressed and unstressed sylables
semiotics theories regarding symbolism and how people glean meaning from words sounds and pictures
semantics the study of the meaning of language as opposed to its form
synecdoche figure of speech where something stands for the whole or the whole for a part
trope intentional use of a word figuratively
ad hominem in an argument, an attack on the person rather than the opponent's ideas
euphemism inoffensive expression that is substituted for one that is considered offensive
juxtaposition act of positioning close together; side by side
omniscient narrator narrator that knows the inner thoughts or motivations of all chara
exgesis critical interpretation of a text especially a biblical text
Created by: wwalker