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Literature LCC WGU

Literature notes

QuestionAnswer
Literary Form The way in which a writer has cosen to organize thoughts and words
Saluatation A greeting
Conventions Typical components of a letter
Genre Type of story being told
Homophones sound alike words
Becoming a critical thinker and writer about literature means learning to recongize when... we are confused by what we read and to use that confusion as a tool for discovering meaning.
metaphor which equates one thing with another to which it bears no obvious connection
enigma mystery
constraints rules or conventions that detemine what is and is not permitted
Ambiguity of Syntax many instances of ambiguity in literary writing derive from different possible grammatical possiblilities of reading a sentence
enjambment sentences did not always end when the lines ended it is a technique in poetry
parse frammar of the sentences
clauses individual units of subjects, predicates, and their modifiers
independent clauses which can make sense on their own
dependent clauses which depend on the context of the sentence for their meaning
syntax the way the parts of the sentence fit together grammatically
Ambiguity of diction refers to a difficulty in understanding the way words are put together within a particular clause
Ambiguity of words refers to muliple meanings of a particular word or group of words
Summary tool to clarify and to understand the basic meaning of a text before you cokplete your critical analysis and begin your interpretation
Setting the location and the time frame
ambigunity of situations uncertainty about the basic meaning of what is happening
ambiguity of plot surprises about the events we thought we had understood (plot twist)
parable a story, usually quite brief, that describes a series of events with an ambiguous moral at the end
segmentation when you break down a story into individual narrative units-self contained scenes or sequences of actions-the result this is the result
trompe l'oeil genre of painting (literally "deceive the eye") especially popular during the seventeenth century, makes a two-dimensional canvas or a flat wall appear as if it was three-dimensional
Fiction Narrative writing drawn from the imagination rather than from history or fact.
Nonfiction Novel a historical event is described in a way that esploits some of the devices of fiction, including a nonlinear time sequence and access to inner states of mind and feeling not commonly present in historical writing.
Genre used to designate the types or categories into which literary works are grouped according to form, technique, or sometimes, subject matter.
Apprenticeship Novel a novel that recounts the youth and young adulthood of a sensitive protagonist who is attempting to learn the nature of the world, discover its meaning and pattern, and acquire a philosophy of life and "the art of living."
Epic a long narrative poem in elevated style presenting characters of high position in adventures forming an organic whole through their relation to a central heroic figure and through their development of episodes important to the history of a nation or race.
Epistolary Novel a novel in which the narrative is carried forward by letters writen by one or more of the characters.
Picaresque Novel a chronicle, usually autobiographical, presenting the life story of a rascal of low degree engaged in menial tasks and making his living more through his wits than his industry
Novella a tale or short story
Lyric a brief subjective poem strongly marked by imagination, melody, and emotion, and creating a single, unified impression.
Sonnet a poem almost invariably of fourteen lines and following one of several set rhyme schemes. Two types: Italian/Petrarchan or English/Shakespearean
Narrative An account of events; anything that is narrated
Prose in rhymed accentual verse... another name is prosa (used in hymns as well)
Poetry a term applied to the many forms in which human beings have given rhythmic expression to their most intense perceptions of the world, themselves, and the relation of the two.
Drama a story told in action by actors who impersonate the characters with dialogue
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