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8th ELA

Literary Techniques

TermDefinition
suspense a feeling of excitement curiosity, or expectatoin about what will happen
foreshadowing important hints that an author drops to prepare the reader for what is to come
flashback interruption of the chronilogical order to present something that occured for the begginning of the story
dialogue the conversatoins that characters have with one another
dialect speech that reflects pronunciation, vocabulary, and grammar typical of a graphical region
tone the attitude of a writer toward a subject or audience
mood the feeeling a piece of literature is intended to create in a reader
denotatoin the literal or primary meaning of a word, in contrast to the feelings or ideas that the word suggests
connotation an idea or feeling that a word invokes in addition to its literal or primary meaning.
imagery words or phrases that appeal to the reader's senses
symbolism the use of symbols to represent ideas or qualities.
alliteration the repetion of initial consonant sounds used especially in poetry to emphasize and link words as well as to create pleasing, musical sounds
onomatopoeia the use of words to imitate sounds
personification giving a non human, human like characteristics
hyperbole a purposeful exaggeration for emphasis or humor
idioms an idiom is a phrase or a fixed expression that has a figurative, or sometimes literal, meaning. An idiom's figurative meaning is different from the literal meaning.
verbal irony occurs when words are used to suggest the opposite of their usual meaning
situational irony when an event occurs that directly contradicts expectations
dramatic irony by which the full significance of a character's words or actions are clear to the audience or reader although unknown to the character
similie comparison of two things using the words like or as
metaphor comparison of two things essentially different but with some commonalities does not use the words like or as
Created by: gracekgrady