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Eng 10-2/20-2/30-2

Literary Terms

TermDefinition
Alliteration is the repetition of initial sounds in neighboring words. In cliches: sweet smell of success, a dime a dozen, bigger and bette
Antagonist the force that opposes the main character in a story Anecdote: a short,
Connotation emotional associations created by words. This means what emotions does the word bring with it. For example both “woman” and “chick” refer to adult females, but “chick” has a slightly more disrespectful connotation.
Foreshadowing is the use of hints or clues to suggest what will happen later in literature.
Imagery is language that evokes one or all of the five senses: seeing, hearing, tasting, smelling, touching.
Irony is the difference between what is said and what is meant. The opposite occurs. For example: verbal irony is when an author says one thing and means something else.
Metaphor comparison of two unlike things using the verb "to be" and not using like or as as in a simile.
Onomatopoeia is a word that imitates the sound it represents. Example: splash, wow, gush, kerplunk
Personification is giving human qualities to animals or objects. Example: a smiling moon, a dancing sun
Point of view: First Person use of "I". the narrator tells the story as it is happening to him/her.
Point of view: Omniscient A narrator who knows everything about all the characters is all knowing, or omniscient.
Point of view: Limited omniscient A narrator whose knowledge is limited to one character, either major or minor. We only know the thoughts of one character
Protagonist the main character in a literary work
Setting is determining Time and Place in fiction.
Stanza is a unified group of lines in poetry.
Symbol is using an object or action that means something more than its literal meaning.
Theme is the general idea or insight about life that a writer wishes to express
Tone is the attitude a writer takes towards a subject or character: serious, humorous, sarcastic
Verse is a line of poetry.
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