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Literary Techniques

English Vocabulary

Allegory A symbolic narrative in which the surface details imply a secondary meaning.
Alliteration The repetition of consonant sounds, especially at the beginning of words.
Connotation The associations called up by a word that goes beyond its dictionary meaning.
Emotive Language Words that describe feelings and emotions
Enjambment A run-on line of poetry in which logical and grammatical sense carries over from one line into the next
Figurative language A form of language use in which writers and speakers convey something other than the literal meaning of their words.
Flashback An interruption of a work's chronology to describe or present an incident that occurred prior to the main time frame of a work's action.
Foreshadowing Hints of what is to come in the action of a play or a story.
Hyperbole A figure of speech involving exaggeration.
Image A concrete representation of a sense impression, a feeling, or an idea.
Imagery The pattern of related comparative aspects of language, particularly of images, in a literary work.
Irony A contrast or discrepancy between what is said and what is meant or between what happens and what is expected to happen in life and in literature.
Metaphor A comparison between essentially unlike things
Narrator The voice and implied speaker of a fictional work, to be distinguished from the actual living author
Onomatopoeia The use of words to imitate the sounds they describe
Personification The endowment of inanimate objects or abstract concepts with animate or living qualities.
Rhyme The matching of final vowel or consonant sounds in two or more words.
Rhythm The recurrence of accent or stress in lines of verse.
Simile A figure of speech involving a comparison between unlike things using like, as, or as though
Symbol An object or action in a literary work that means more than itself, that stands for something beyond itself.
Tone The implied attitude of a writer toward the subject and characters of a work
Created by: Brooke Webster



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