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LITERATURE TERMS B-C

CARMALT - Literature terms B-C

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in general terms any song or folktale; in specific literary terms a narrative poem that tells a story BALLAD
non-fictional account of a person's life; BIOGRAPHY
the idea that language began when humans imitated animal noises or other natural sounds BOW-WOW THEORY
natural rhythm of language depending on the stressed and unstressed syllables CADENCE
Latin for "seize the day" which is a common literature theme that tells the reader to make the most out of life and enjoy it before it ends CARPE DIEM
figure of speech resulting in stacking one hyperbole on top of another, ie: "The voice of your eyes is deeper than all roses." CATACHRESIS
the act of hiding, removing, or altering art or writing so the public access is partially or completely limited CENSORSHIP
individual being presented in a story through dramatic or verbal action CHARACTER
description, dialogue, dialect, and action that creates a character and reveals their thoughts and feelings CHARACTERIZATION
a history or record of events - often contain large amounts of folklore or word-of-mouth legends the writer has heard CHRONICLE
order in which events happen, especially when emphasizing a cause-effect relationship in history or narrative CHRONOLOGY
5-line stanza with varied meter and rhyme scheme CINQUAIN
trite and overused phrases; considered bad writing CLICHE
narrative in which each section ends at a suspenseful moment, making the audience want to find out what happens next CLIFFHANGER
moment in a play, novel, short story, or narrative poem at which the crisis reaches its point of greatest intensity and is thereafter resolved CLIMAX
word or phrase used in everyday speech but rarely found in formal writing; slang COLLOQUIALISM
language that describes qualities that can be perceived with the 5 senses as opposed to abstract language CONCRETE IMAGERY
the opposition between 2 characters or between the protagonist and a larger problem such as forces of nature, ideas, society, etc. CONFLICT
the implied meaning of a word or group of words instead of the strict dictionary definition; example: house and home mean domicile but "home" connotes personal connection CONNOTATION
speech sound that is not a vowel CONSONANT
squeezing together words or sounds with the use of an apostrophy during informal speech but not used in formal writing; example: "he is" to "he's" or "could have" to "could've" CONTRACTION
Greek word for elevator-shoes worn by actors on stage COTHURNI or COTHURN
2-lines of the same metrical length that end in a rhyme to form a complete unit COUPLET
careful analysis of an essay to determine its validity CRITICAL READING
Created by: EM4CARMALT