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Literary Analysis

TermDefinition
speaker The "voice" that talks to the reader, similar to the narrator in fiction. The speaker is not necessarily the poet.
theme the underlying message about life or human nature that the writer wants the reader to understand
symbol a person, place, object, or activity that stands for something beyond itself
mood the feeling or atmosphere that a writer creates for the reader through the use of imagery and descriptive words
rhythm a pattern of long or short syllables in a line, often called a meter
rhyme scheme aabc
characterization the way a writer reveals the character
direct characterization stating directly what a character is like
indirect characterization not directly telling you about a character
S.T.E.A.L. acronym to describe indirect characterization
indirect characterization STEAL Speech, Thoughts, Effects on others, Actions, Looks
dynamic or round character a literary or dramatic character who undergoes an important inner change, as a change in personality or attitude: Ebeneezer Scrooge is a dynamic character.
static or flat character character a literary or dramatic character who undergoes little or no inner change; a character who does not grow or develop
tone th
figurative language literal meaning of words
simile comparing two "unlike things" using like or as ex: The dog is as smelly as my brother dirty socks.
metaphor comparing two "unlike things" without using like or as but uses the words is, of, am and are ex: Life is a long roller coaster
onomatopoeia imitates the sound it represents ex: buzz, boom, crackle, pop, sizzle
hyperbole exaggeration ex: My Math homework took me 8 million years
personification giving human qualities to something nonhuman ex:The snowflakes danced in the wind.
alliteration repetition of the same beginning sound in a series of words ex: peter, piper, picked, a pepper
Created by: swomble