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Literary Analysis

Clep Terms

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Allegory A narrative in which literal meaning corresponds clearly and direc
Alliteration The repetition of similar sounds, usually consonants, at the beginning of words. For example, Robert Frost’s poem “Out, out—” contains the alliterative phrase “sweet scented stuff.”
Onomatopoeia The use of words, such as “pop,” “hiss,” and “boing,” that sound like the thing they refer to.
Oxymoron The association of two contrary terms, as in the expressions “same difference” or “wise fool.”
Personification The use of human characteristics to describe animals, things, or ideas.
Simile A comparison of two things through the use of “like” or “as.” The title of Robert
Allusion a figure of speech that makes a reference to, or representation of, a place, event, literary work, myth, or work of art, either directly or by implication.
protagonists the main character in a story, novel, drama, or other literary work, the character that the reader or audience empathizes with.
Satire a literary work holding up human vices and follies to ridicule or scorn.
Pathos A quality, as of an experience or a work of art, that arouses feelings of pity, sympathy, tenderness, or sorrow.
Created by: wendyk44