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literary terms

vocabulary definition

TermDefinition
alliteration the repetition of consonant sounds at the beginning of words
allusion an indirect reference to a person, place, event, or literary work with which the author believes the reader will be familiar
analogy a point-by-point comparison of two things for the purpose of clarifying the less familiar of the two subjects
dialogue conversation between two or more characters in either fiction or fanfiction
diction a writers or speakers choice of words
figurative language language that communicates ideas beyond the literal meaning of words
hyperbole a figure of speech in which the truth is exaggerated for emphasis or humorous effect
imagery descriptive words words or phrases used to re-create sensory experiences by appealing to the five senses
metaphor a figure of speech that compares to things that have a something common
onomatopoeia using words to imitate sound
personification a figure of speech in which an object, animal, or idea is given human characteristics
purpose an authors reason for writing: either to inform, to persuade, to entertain, or to express him or herself
simile a figure of speech that compares two things using the word like or as
syntax the way sentences are arranged: part of the writers style
theme the underlying message or life lesson in a piece of literature
tone the writer's attitude towards his or her subject
noun a word that names a person, place, thing, or idea
verb a word that express an action or state of being
adjective a words that modifies a noun or pronoun
adverb a word that modifies a verb,adjective, or adverb
pronoun a general word that replaces a specific noun
preposition a word that starts a prepositional phrase, which modifies another word or phrase
conjunction a word that joins two parts of a sentence
interjection a word that interrupts a phrase or sentence
mood the feeling or atmosphere that a writer creates for the reader
Created by: vincentejg0114