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Literary Terms

Byfield English 30

DefinitionDefinition
Metaphor A comparison between two unlike things with the intent of giving added meaning to one of them. Metaphor is one of the most important forms of figurative language. Unlike a simile, a metaphor does not use a connective word such as like, as, than, or resem
Simile A comparison made between two dissimilar things through the use of a specific word of comparison such as Like, as, than, or resembles. The comparison must be between two essentially unlike things.
Allegory Prose or verse in which the objects, events or people are presented symbolically, so that the story conveys a meaning other than and deeper than the actual incident or characters described. Often, the form is used to teach a moral lesson.
Allusion A figure of speech making casual reference to a famous historical or literary figure or event
Dynamic Character A character who undergoes an important and basic change in personality or outlook.
Foil A character who sets off another character by contrast. For example, having an angry character talking to a happy one.
Foreshadowing The use of hints or clues in a narrative to suggest what action is to come. Foreshadowing helps to build suspense in a story because it suggests what is about to happen.
Imagery Language that appeals to any sense or any combination of the senses.
Irony A contrast or an incongruity between what is stated and what is really meant, or between what is expected to happen and what actually does happen. Two kinds of irony are: 1) verbal irony, in which a writer or speaker says one thing and means something ent
Connotation The emotion or association that a word or phrase may arouse. Connotation is distinct from denotation, which is the literal or dictionary meaning of a word or phrase.
Diction A writer’s choice of words, particularly for clarity, effectiveness, and precision. A writer’s diction can be formal or informal, abstract or concrete. In attempting to choose the "right word", writers must think of their subject and audience
Created by: abyfield