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Lit. Terms

Literary Terms

WordDefinition
alliteration use of the same letter in a sentence(Shelly sells sea shells saturday)
allusion reference to a mythological, literary, or historical person,place,or thing.
anaphora repetition of the same word or group of words, and ideas. (ex: i will rock, i will roll, i will win.)
archetype character, actionm or situation that is a prototype or pattern of hunman life generally
assonance esemblance of sound, especially of the vowel sounds in words
asyndeton deliberate omission of conjunctions in a series of related clauses (ex:I came, i saw, i conquered")
polysyndeton device in which words, sounds, and ideas are used more than once to enhance rhythem and to create emphasis.
conflict term that describes the tension between opposing forces in a work of literature.
detail facts revealed by the author or speaker that support the attitude or tone in a piece of poetry or prose.
diction word choice intended to convey a certain effect.
Flashback scene that interrupts the action of a work to show a previous event.
Imagery consists of words or phrases a writer uses to represent persons, objects, actions, feelings, and ideas descriptively by appealing scenes
personification giving an animal, or object human-like qualities
direct characterization in literature and drama, the method of character development in which the author simply tells what the character is like
Juxtaposition poetic and rhetorical device in which normally device in which normally unassociated ideas, words, or phrases are place next to one another, often creating an effect of suprise and wit.
Metaphor explicit comparison between2 unlike things
Motif term that describes a pattern or strand if imagery or symbolism in a work of literature.
Symbol use of any object, person, place, or action that both hasa meaning in itself and that stands for something larger than itself.
Simile explicit comparison between2 unlike things signaled by the use LIKE or ASS
Onomatopeoia refers to the use of words whose sound reinforces their meaning.
Point of View perspective from which a narrative is told.
Pun play on meaning of words
Repetition device in which words, sounds, and ideas are used more thaan once to enhance rhythemand create emphasis.
Rhetorical shift/turn a change or movement in a piece resulting from an epiphany, realization, or insight gained by the speaker, character, or the reader.
Setting time & place in which events in a short story, novel, play, or narrative poem take place.
Situational irony occurs when a situtation turns out differently fomr what one would normally expect.
dramatic irony occurs when a character/speaker says or does something that has different meanings from what he thinks it means.
verbal irony occurs when a speaker/narrator says one thing while meaning the opposite
theme central message of literary work.
tone the writer's or speaker's attitude toward a subject, character, or audience, and it is conveyed through the author's choice of words and detail.
Created by: aiden05791