Reading terms

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figurative language

the use of figures of speech such as metaphors, simile, or hyperbole, to express ideas.

foil

a character that through contrast, reveals the characteristics of another character

idiom

a saying or expression that cannot be translated literally

imagery

language that appeals to all the senses

narrator

the person telling the story

biography

a written piece of work done by an author about someone else.

analogy

a comparison of two things that are somewhat alike

character

a person or animal in a story, or play, or another literary work

fiction

a prose account that is made up rather that true

theme

the central or general idea or insight about life that a work of literature reveals

protagonist

the main character in a work of literature

foreshadowing

the use of clues or hints to suggest events that will occur later in the plot

metaphor

a figure of speech in wich one thing is said to be another thing

tone

the attitude towards a subject or audience implied by a literary work

style

the way a writer uses language, the individual way an author writers

antagonist

a character, institution, group, or force that is in conflict with the protagonist

climax

the point in a story that creates the greatest suspense or interest

allusion

a reference to a well-known person, place, event, work of art, myth, or religion.

atmosphere

the overall mood or feeling of a work of literature

plot

a series of related events that make up a story.

epilogue

a concluding statement

prose

any writing that is not poetry

author

the writer of a literary work or document

comedy

in general, a story that ends happily for the main characters

dramatic irony

results when the reader or audience knows or understands something that a character does not know

dialogue

conversation between two or more characters

mood

synonomous with atmosphere and tone

dialect

regional speech that identifies a character's social status

setting

the time and place of a story, play, or narrative

simile

a figure of speech that compares two things that are not alike, using the words like or as

stereotype

a fixed idea about the members of a particular group of people that does not allow for any individualism

tregedy

a play, novel, or other narrative in which the main character comes to an unhappy ending

sarcasm

mocking language

sensory poem

a poem using the five senses of sight, smell, sound, touch, and taste.

onomatopoeia

a word that mimics, or where the sound imitates or suggests it's meaning; words such as buzz, swish, zip, and growl, hiss, gulp, zigzag, and slither.

rhythm

a musical quality produced by the repetition of stressed and unstressed syllables or by the repetition of certain other sound patterns.

connotation

a meaning, association, or emotion suggested by a word, in addition to its dictionary definition, or denotation.

alliteration

the repitition of the same or very similar consonant sounds in words that are close together in a line of verse such as "dappled doggies dash," "bouncy bunnies," "careening cars crashing," etc

cinquain

a five-line poem that follows a pattern and does not rhyme. The pattern could be a word subject, two adjectives, three descriptive action words, short statement and synonym.

limerick

a very short humorous or nonsensical poem that has five lines a definite rhythm, and an abba rhyme scheme. It tells a brief story. A five line where lines 1,2,and 5 are longer and end in rhyming words. Line 3 abd 4 rhyme with each other and are shorter than the other lines.

rhyme

a repetition of accented vowel sounds and all sounds following them in words close together in a poem.

couplets

two lines of poetry that rhyme and usually contain one complete idea.

flashback

when a character interrupts the story to tell what happened in the past.

stanza

in a poem, a group forms consecutive lines that form a single unit.

irony

a contrast between what is expected and what really happens.

Robert Frost

a famous poet who wrote the Snowy Road

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