Lit.Terms for MidTerm Exam

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Mr. Kobold's need-to-know literary terms

archetype

an abstract or ideal conception of a type; a perfectly typical example; an original model or form

symbolism

the use of one subject to evoke ideas and associations not literally part of the original object

universal theme

timeless truth about humanity

setting

time and place

dramatic irony

a circumstance in which the audience or reader knows more about a situation than a character

sensory imagery

an image based on one or more types of sensation

similes

a figurative comparison using the words "like" or "as"

metaphors

a figure of speech that compares unlike objects

personification

a figure of speech in which objcts and animals are given human characteristics

alliteration

the repetition of one or more initial consonants in a group of words or lines in a poem

irony

a mode of expression in ehich the intended meaning is the opposite of what is stated, often implying ridicule or light sarcasm; s state of affairs or events that is the reverse of what might have been expected

invection

a direct verbal assault; a denunciation

allusion

a reference to a person, place, or event meant to create an effect or enhance the meaning of an idea

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