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Literature Vocabular

8th Grade Literature Final Prep Work 2004

WordDefinition
Puns play on words, sometimes on different senses of the same word and sometimes on the similar sense or sound of different words
Wordplay skillful manipulation of words in a literary work to convey meaning, suggest the author's attitude, and create images
Alliteration repetition of consonant sounds most often at the beginning of words
Assonance repition of similar vowel sounds
Rhyme repitition, in two or more words, of stressed vowel sounds and the consonants that come after them
Rhyme Scheme pattern made by end rhymes in a poem
Homonyms one of two or more words that have the same sound and often the same spelling but differ in meanings
Rhythm pattern of beats made by stressed and unstressed syllables in the lines of poems
Antonyms word having a meaning opposite to that of another word
Onomatopoeia use of a word or phrase that imitates or suggests the sound of what it describes
Imagery language that appeals to the senses
Word choice selection of words in a literary work to convey meaning suggest the author's attitude, and create images
Simile figure of speech that uses like or as to compare two seemingly unlike things
Figurative language imaginative language used for descriptive effect and not meant to be taken as the literal truth
Suffix an affix added to the end of a word, serving to form a new word functioning as an inflectional ending
Metaphor figure of speech that compares or equates two basically different things
Personification figure of speech in which an animal, object, or idea is given the characteristics of a human being
Tribute something given or done as an expression of esteem
End-stopped lines in poetry a line in which a pause occurs naturally at the end of the line
Run-on lines in poetry a line in which the meaning continues beyond the line
Stanza group of lines forming a unit in a poem
Quatrain group of four consecutive lines of poetry that form a unit
Root a primary source; an origin
Free verse poetry that has irregular rhythms and line lengths
Etymology origin and historical development of a linguistic form as shown by determining its basic elements, earliest known use, and changes in form and meaning, tracing its transmission from one language to another, identifying its cognates in other languages, and
Couplet two consecutive lines of poetry that rhyme
Open poetry (blank)
Closed poetry (blank)
Plot sequense of events in a story, novel, play, or narrative poem
Subplot a plot subordinate to the main plot of a literary work or film
Setting time and place in which a work of literature happens
Resolution in a story, novel, or play, the part of the plot that presents the final outcome
Major character a role who is involed deeply with the plot
Minor character a role that is not necessary for the play
Point of view relationship of the narrator, or storyteller, to the story
Cause and effect relationship between events in which one event-thecause-makes another event-the effect- happen
Theme main idea of a literary wok, usually expressed as a generalization
Dialect special form of speech that belongs to a particular group or region
Internal conflict a conflict between someon and themselves
External conflict a conflict between someone and an outside force
Foreshadow use of clues by an author to prepare the reader for future developments in a story, novel, or play
Short Story brief account in prose of fictional events
Climax point of the reader's highest interest and emotional involvement in a story, novel, or a play
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