use of the same consonant at the beginning of each stressed syllable in a line of verse, same initial sound. EX: samantha sat soundly on the sofa sipping...
a reference to another work of literature, person, or event. Ex: he was a job when it came to patience.
the direct opposite, a sharp contrast. ex: the child's light shone through the massive dark.
A detail, image, or character type that occurs frequently in literature and myth and is thought to appeal in a universal way to the unconscious and to evoke a response
author's word of choice
moving away from the plot, moving away from the main theme.
symbolic language that literary devices use to create special effects or feelings;
figures of speech
the literary diverse themselves.
a figure of speech that uses exaggeration to express strong emotion, make a point, or evoke humor.
an indirect comparison is made. a comparison without using like or as.
A figure of speech in which something is referred to by using the name of something that is associated with it. ex: white house for president, big apple for new york city.
embodies an inanimate object with human characteristics.
a direct comparison is made using like or as.
states an idea with restraint to emphasize what is written. ex: weather man reports that today is going to be one of the hottest days of the year. He says its gonna be a warm one.
a literary type or form. ex: drama is a genre which includes comedy, tragedy, and romance.
words that sound the same but have different spellings and meaning. ex: sea,see; nose, knows.
a phrase where the words together have a different meaning than the dictionary definition of the individual words. ex: the speaker broke the ice by telling a joke.
words or phrases, sensory details, a writer uses to represent objects, feelings, actions, or ideas to appeal to our senses. ex: red rose, blackest eyes.
a conclusion about a character or event in a literary work drawn from the facts made available.
when the unexpected occurs, , the use of words to convey the opposite of their literal meaning; or, incongruity between what is expected and what actually happens. ex: the minister, on a rush to make it to service on time, pushed an elderly woman out of his way.
repetition of the same vowel sound. ex: that dolphin torn, that gong tormented.
poetry written in unrhymed iambic pentameter
the method an author uses to describe characters and their personalities (what a character says, does, and reveals).
repetition of the same constant sound. ex: jake baked the cake.
two lines of poetry with the same meter and which often rhyme.
poetry that does not have a regular meter or rhyme scheme.
the feeling of the piece, the overall atmosphere of the work reflects it.
expresses an opinion or makes a statement about the main ideas or topics of the literary work.
a five line stanza of any meter or rhyme scheme.
writing or speaking in the usual or ordinary from. (not poetry).
a four line stanza of any meter or rhyme scheme.
the writers attitude toward the subject.
combination of contradictory terms that form a new word or title. ex: jumbo shrimp
extended metaphor in which people, things, and actions represent an idea or generalization about life. ex: LOTF, no exit
a poem in verse form that tells a story
the running over of a sentence or thought from one line to another. ex: me hurt my knee
japanese poetry. has three lines with 17 syllables. 5-7-5. subject is usually nature.
the use of a word whose sound suggests its meaning. ex: clang, buzz, vroom.
repetition of a word or phrase at the beginning of successive clauses, phrases, lines.
attribution of human feelings and characteristics to nature or inanimate things. ex: the angry sea, stubborn door.
point of view (first person)
a story told by an "I" narrator. An "I" narrator is a character in the story
point of view (omniscient)
the person telling the story knows everything about the characters and their problems