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CARMALT - Literature Terms D-E

strict definition of a word regardless of historical or emotional connection; opposite of connotation DENOTATION
mystery novel focusing on a brilliant investigator solving a crime DETECTIVE NOVEL
geographic or social language of a particular group of persons; includes sounds, spellings, grammar, and diction - ie: "We's safe, Huck!" from Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn DIALECT
conversation between two characters; provides characterization and advances the plot DIALOGUE
concrete poetry consisting of a 7 single unrhymed stanza with a structure shaped like a diamond DIAMANTE
informal record of a person's life and day-to-day thoughts and concerns DIARY
any use of 2 alphabetical letters to indicate a single phonetic sound; ie: <ph> spells /f/ sound in "photo" DIGRAPH
theory that language began as instinct DING-DONG THEORY
prose or verse presenting a narrative involving conflict between characters and opposing force or forces DRAMA
character whose personality changes over the course of a narrative; also called a round character DYNAMIC CHARACTER
historical period when writers moved toward the belief that humanity could improve itself by using logic and reasoning and rejected superstition ENLIGHTENMENT PERIOD
classical poetry that is long narrative about a serious subject that has a hero, cultural values, and gods or supernatural beings EPIC POEM
(1) inscription on a building, tomb, or coin or (2) short verse or motto appearing at the beginning of a longer poem or the title page or the heading of a new section of a literary work EPIGRAM
short discussion or conclusion added to the end of a literary work; often refers to the moral of a fable EPILOGUE
inscription carved on a gravestone or the final statement spoken by a character before his death EPITAPH
word that is derived from the proper name of a person or place; ie: "sandwich" comes from is inventor, the 4th Earl of Sandwich EPONYM
study of word origins and the history of words ETYMOLOGY
mild or gentle phrase or word instead of a blunt, embarrassing, or painful one; ie: "Grandpa has gone to a better place." instead of "Grandpa died." EUPHEMISM
first part of a short story plot line that introduces the characters and setting EXPOSITION
logic that determines the truth about something using a larger general rule DEDUCTIVE REASONING or DEDUCTION
Created by: EM4CARMALT