Literary Vocabulary

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aphorism
a statement of truth or opinion expressed in a concise and witty way
assonance
when two or more words close to one another repeat the same vowel sound but start with different consonant sounds
consonance
refers to repetitive sounds produced by consonants within a sentence or phrase
homophone
a word that when pronounced sounds similar to another word but has a different spelling
sonnet
is a poem that has 14 lines and is written in iambic pentameter (10 syllables per line)
archetype
is a typical character, an action, or situation that represents universal patterns of human nature
omniscient
when the narrator knows the feelings and thoughts of all the characters
paradox
a statement that appears to be self-contradictory or silly but has a small truth to it
pathetic fallacy
a literary device that attributes human qualities and emotions to inanimate objects of nature
syntax
is a set of rules in language that dictates how certain words are put together in order to create a complete thought
cliche
an expression that has been overused to the extent that it loses its original meaning or novelty
synecdoche
a literary device where part of something represents the whole or it may use a whole to represent a part
metonymy
a figure of speech that replaces the name of a thing with something else with which it is closely associated
antithesis
a rhetorical device in which two opposite ideas are put together in a sentence to achieve a contrasting effect
parallelism
is the use of components in a sentence that are grammatically the same; or similar in their construction, sound, or meaning
scansion
means to divide poetry into feet by pointing out different syllables based on their length