TBrown Vocab 1st semester

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the vocab

setting

where and when the story takes place

mood

atmosphere

protagonist

the principal character in a work of fiction

antagonist

The major character in a narrative or drama who works against the hero or protagonist

narrative voice

tells the story

dialogue

the characters speech

point of view

perspective

1st person

I

2nd person

you

3rd person omniscient

all knowing

3rd limited

observer

free and direct speech

puts doubt in the readers mind; it's when the narrator speaks in a way the sounds like it could be the character

plot

story line; conflict

conflict

adds tension; moves story forward

characterization

character development

alliteration

repetition of stressed sounds

assonance

the repetition of similar vowels in the stressed syllables of successive words

consonance

the repetition of consonants (or consonant patterns) especially at the ends of words

Versification

the form or metrical composition of a poem

compounding

the act of combining things to form a new whole; "Spear-Danes"

keening

compounding that are metaphoric in meaning; "Sky's-Candle" meaning the sun

formulas

ready-made phrases that fill the metrical needs of a line of half-line

litotes

an idea expressed by the denial of its opposite; "not a little"

parallelism

arrangement of equally important ideas in similar grammatical constructions

caesura

a break or pause (usually for sense) in the middle of a verse line

variation

restatement of a concept using different ideas

epithet

adjective or phrase applied to a noun to accentuate a certain characteristic; "The Devil's Dictionary"

Burlesque

comedy characterized by ridiculous exaggerating and distortion

parody

form of high burlesque; imitates a specific literary work or style of an author for comic effect

horatian satire

indulgent, tolerant, amused and witty voice,

satire

literary genre that uses irony, wit, and sometimes sarcasm to expose humanity's vices and foibles; "A Modest Proposal"

Juvenalian satire

formal satire where the speaker attacks vice and error with contempt and indignation

Sardonic

scornful, mocking, cynical

sarcasm

intentional derision, generally directed at another person and intended to hurt

Meter

the structure of how a poem is written; number of feet per line

IAMBIC

U S

TROCHAIC

S U

ANAPESTIC

U U S

DACTYLIC

S U U

monometer

one

dimeter

two

trimeter

three

tetrameter

four

pentameter

five

hexameter

six

quatrain

four lines

couplet

two lines

rhyme scheme

beat of a poem (rhyme, alliteration)

metaphor

compares two unlike things

simile

compares two unlike things using like or as

conceit

extended metaphor/simile

imagery

creates images through sensory language

pun

play on words

tone shift

(sonnet: turn) (Petrarch Sonnet: volta) feeling changes suddenly

oxymoron

contradiction

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