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Literary Terms

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Smbolisom Symbolism is the use of symbols to signify ideas and qualities.
Rhyme correspondence of sound between words or the endings of words, especially when these are used at the ends of lines of poetry.
Simile a figure of speech involving the comparison of one thing with another thing of a different kind, used to make a description more emphatic or vivid
Rhythm a strong, regular, repeated pattern of movement or sound
Dialogue conversation between two or more people as a feature of a book, play, or movie.
Flashback scene in a movie, novel, etc., set in a time earlier than the main story.
Irony the expression of one's meaning by using language that normally signifies the opposite, typically for humorous or emphatic effect
Idiom a group of words established by usage as having a meaning not deducible from those of the individual words
Metaphor a figure of speech in which a word or phrase is applied to an object or action to which it is not literally applicable.
Pun a joke exploiting the different possible meanings of a word or the fact that there are words that sound alike but have different meanings.
Alliteration the occurrence of the same letter or sound at the beginning of adjacent or closely connected words.
Hyperbole exaggerated statements or claims not meant to be taken literally.
Theme the subject of a talk, a piece of writing, a person's thoughts, or an exhibition; a topic.
Setting the place or type of surroundings where something is positioned or where an event takes place.
Personification the attribution of a personal nature or human characteristics to something nonhuman, or the representation of an abstract quality in human form.
Point of view a particular attitude or way of considering a matter.
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