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English midterm literary terms
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use of the same consonant at the beginning of each stressed syllable in a line of verse
A reference to a well-known person, place, event, literary work, or work of art
an error in chronology, or placing an event, person, item, or literary work in the wrong time
the relationship of similarity between two or more entities or a partial similarity in which a comparison is based
figure of speech in which someone/ something who is absent, dead, or nonhuman is addressed as if it were alive and ready to reply
an actor's speech, directed towards the audience, in which another character is not supposed to hear
begging the question
to put forward an argument that proves the very point it s trying to establish
literary scheme in which an author introduces words or concepts in a particular order, then later repeats those words in reverse or backwards order
the ideas that are implied with a word
the literal meaning of a word
the author's choice of words
the artful emission of a word implied by its previous clause
Example: "The American soldiers killed eight civilians, and the French eight" ...... omission of soldiers when talking of the French
appealing to the ethics of a person
"hot dogs are better than nothing.
nothing is better than steak.
therefor, hot dogs are better than steak."
"it is wrong to kill innocent human beings.
fetuses are innocent human beings.
it is wrong to kill fetuses."
speech or written work that is paying a tribute to a person who has recently died
comparison of two things that continues throughout multiple lines
a method of narration in which the present is temporarily interrupted to envision an act or occurrence of the past
verbal irony- sarcasm
situation irony- accidental events occur that seem oddly appropriate
dramatic irony- a situation in which the reader knows something the character does not
appealing to logic
figure of speech used to compare objects that are very different from each other
figure of speech in which one word or phrase is substituted for another that is closely related
example- "crown" for "royalty"
feeling or emotion presented in a literary work- often related to the tone
a reoccurring element, such as a device, reference, or verbal formula that often appears in literary works
example- the "loathly lady" who turns into a princess
using contradiction in a manner that oddly makes sense
when the writer establishes similar patterns in grammatical structure or length
appealing to the emotions
giving human characteristics to an nonhuman object
a play on two words that are similar in sound but different in meaning
example- "lettuce be together"
a monologue of a character spoken to himself in the play at a point when he believes to be alone
rhetorical troupe where part of an object may represent a whole, or a whole a part.
example- "twenty eyes were watching us"
means that ten people were watching, each having two eyes
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