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Copy of English Literary Elements and Devices
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_____ is a symbolism device where the meaning of a greater, often abstract, concept is conveyed with the aid of a more corporeal object or idea being used as an example.
_____ is a literary device where words are used in quick succession and begin with letters belonging to the same sound group. Whether it is the consonant sound or a specific vowel group, the _____ involves creating a repetition of similar sounds in the sentence.
_____ is a figure of speech whereby the author refers to a subject matter such as a place, event, or literary work by way of a passing reference.
_____ is a literary device that helps to establish a relationship based on similarities between two concepts or ideas.
A short verbal accounting of a funny, amusing, interesting event or incident.
_____ can be understood to be the act of lending a human quality, emotion or ambition to a non-human object or being.
_____ is a reference to a concept, a person or an object that has served as a prototype of its kind and is the original idea that has come to be used over and over again. Ex. Romeo and Juliet
_____ refers to repetition of sounds produced by vowels within a sentence or phrase. In this regard _____ can be understood to be a kind of alliteration. What sets it apart from alliterations is that it is the repetition of only vowel sounds.
This is a very popular form of storytelling whereby the author bases the plot on the overall growth of the central character throughout the timeline of the story.
_____ are the associations people make with words that go beyond the literal or dictionary definition.
_____ refers to repetition of sounds in quick succession produced by consonants within a sentence or phrase. The repetitive sound is often found at the end of a word. Ex. He struck a streak of bad luck.
_____ refers to the use of the dictionary definition or literal meaning of a word.
_____ is the distinctive tone or tenor of an author's writings. _____ is not just a writer's choice of words it can include the mood, attitude, dialect and style of writing.
_____ are an inherent part of any story or poem and are essential to the structure of any written form. The _____ is an important literary tool that acts as the afterword once the last chapter is over. The purpose of an _____ is to add a little insight to some interesting developments that happen once the major plot is over.
_____ is a literary device that is used as a descriptive device. It is usually used to add to a person or place's regular name and attribute some special quality to the same. Ex. Alexander the Great
The term '_____' is used to refer to the literary practice of using a comparatively milder or less abrasive form of a negative description instead of its original, unsympathetic form. This device is used when writing about matters such as sex, violence, death, crimes and things "embarrassing" in order to reduce harshness.
_____ is a literary device wherein the author depicts the occurrence of specific events to the reader, which have taken place before the present time the narration is following, or events that have happened before the events that are currently unfolding in the story.
_____ is another character in a story who contrasts with the main character, usually to highlight one of their attributes.
The literary device _____ refers to the use of indicative word or phrases and hints that set the stage for a story to unfold and give the reader a hint of something that is going to happen without revealing the story or spoiling the suspense.
_____ is a literary device wherein the author uses specific words and phrases that exaggerate and overemphasize the basic crux of the statement in order to produce a grander, more noticeable effect. Ex. "I am so tired I cannot walk another inch"
In literature, one of the strongest devices is _____ wherein the author uses words and phrases to create "mental images" for the reader.
In literature the _____ is a practice of forming a rhyme in only one lone line of verse. Ex. "We were the first that ever burst"
The use of _____ in literature refers to playing around with words such that the meaning implied by a sentence or word is actually different from the literal meaning. Often _____ is used to suggest the stark contrast of the literal meaning being put forth.
_____ is a literary device wherein the author places a person, concept, place, idea or theme parallel to another. The purpose of _____ two directly or indirectly related entities close together in literature is to highlight the contrast between the two and compare them. Ex. Satan and God
_____ are one of the most extensively used literary devices. _____ refers to a meaning or identity ascribed to one subject by way of another. In _____, one subject is implied to be another so as to draw a comparison between their similarities and shared traits. The first subject, which is the focus of the sentences is usually compared to the second subject, which is used to convey a degree of meaning that is used to characterize the first.
The literary device '_____' refers to a definitive stance the author adopts in shaping a specific emotional perspective towards the subject of the literary work.
The literary device '_____' is any element, subject, idea or concept that is constantly present through the entire body of literature. Using a _____ refers to the repetition of a specific theme dominating the literary work.
The term '_____' refers to words whose very sound is very close to the sound they are meant to depict. In other words, it refers to sound words whose pronunciation to the actual sound they represent. Ex. grunt, huff, buzz, snap
_____ is a significant literary device as it allows the author to use contradictory, contrasting concepts placed together in a manner that actually ends up making sense in a strange, and slightly complex manner. Ex. little value, cold fire
A _____ in literature refers to the use of concepts or ideas that are contradictory to one another, yet, when placed together hold significant value on several levels. Ex. High walls make not a palace
_____ is one of the most commonly used and recognized literary devices. It refers to the practice of attaching human traits and characteristics with inanimate objects, phenomena and animals. Ex. The wise owl
The _____ usually refers to the sequence of events and happenings that make up a story. There is usually a pattern, unintended or intentional, that threads the ____ together. The _____ basically refers to the main outcome and order of the story. There is another kind of ____ in literature as well; it refers to the conflict or clash occurring as a part of the story.
Point of View
_____ is the manner in which a story is narrated or depicted and who it is that tells the story. Simply put, the ____ determines the angle and perception of the story unfolding, and thus influences the tone in which the story takes place.
_____ can be understood to be a sort of introduction to a story that usually sets the tone for the story and acts as a bit of a backgrounder or a "sneak peek" into the story.
_____ are a very popular literary device wherein a word is used in a manner to suggest two or more possible meanings. This is generally done to the effect of creating humor or irony or wryness. _____ can also refer to words that suggest meanings of similar-sounding words.
The _____ is the practice of rhyming words placed at the end of the lines in the prose or poetry. Ex. a-b-a-b
Rhythm & Rhyme
The concept of '_____' refers to a pattern of rhymes that is created by using words that produce the same, or similar sounds. _____ together refer to the recurrence of similar sounds in prose and poetry, creating a musical, gentle effect. Ex. Teapot song
The use of _____ in literature refers to the practice of making fun of a human weakness or character flaw. The use of _____ is often inclusive of a need or decision of correcting or bettering the character that is on the receiving end of the ______.
_____ are one of the most commonly used literary devices; referring to the practice of drawing parallels or comparisons between two unrelated and dissimilar things, people, beings, places and concepts. Ex. as, such as, like
The term _____ refers to a single, related chunk of lines in poetry. It basically refers to one unit or group of lines, which forms one particular faction in poetry.
Stream of consciousness
The phrase '_____' refers to an uninterrupted and unhindered collection and occurrence of thoughts and ideas in the conscious mind. In literature, the phrase refers to the flow of these thoughts, with reference to a particular character's thinking process.
A _____ is literary device that contains several layers of meaning, often concealed at first sight, and is representative of several other aspects, concepts or traits than those that are visible in the literal translation alone. _____ is using an object or action that means something more than its literal meaning.
_____ in literature refers to the actual way in which words and sentences are placed together in the writing.
_____ tends to be based around the appearance or proximity to being real, or the truth. It is a way of implying the believability or likelihood of a theory or narrative.
The literary term '_____' is used to refer to any single, lone line of a poetry composition.
The _____ links all aspects of the literary work with one another and is basically the main subject. The _____ can be an enduring pattern or motif throughout the literary work, occurring in a complex, long winding manner or it can be short and succinct and provide a certain insight into the story.
_____ in literature refers the step by step process wherein an author introduces and then describes a character. The character can be described directly by the author or indirectly through the actions, thoughts, and speech of the character.
The _____ of a literary work is the perspective or attitude that the author adopts with regards to a specific character, place or development. _____ helps the reader ascertain the writer's feelings towards a particular topic and this in turn influences the reader's understanding of the story.
In literature, the word '_____' is used to identify and establish the time, place and mood of the events of the story.
The _____ in writing can be defined as the way a writer writes and it is the technique which an individual author uses in his writing. It varies from author to author and depends upon one's syntax, word choice, and tone. It can also be described as a voice that readers listen to when they read the work of a writer.
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