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English 10H Literary Terms Final Exam

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allegory
a narrative technique in which characters representing things or abstract ideas are used to convey a message
alliteration
a poetic device where the first consonant sounds or any vowel sounds in dowrds or syllables are repeated
allusion
a reference to a familiar literacy or historical person or event, used to make an idea more easily understood
antithesis
something's direct opposite
archetype
an original model from which all other things of the same kind are made
atmosphere
the prevailing mood of a literary work
caesura
a pause in a line of poetry
cliche
an idea that has become tired from over use, its freshness and clarity having worn off
climax
the turning point in a narrative
conflict
the issue to be resolved in the story
connotation
the impression that a word gives beyond its defined meaning
denotation
the most direct or specific meaning of a word or expression
dialect
a type of informational diction
diction
the selection and arrangement of words in a literary work
enjambment
the running over of the structure of a line of verse or couplet into the following verse or couplet
epiphany
when a character suddenly experiences a true realization about himself
exposition
writing intended to explain the nature of an idea
figurative language
a technique in writing in which the author temporarily interrupts the order, construction, or meaning of the writing for a particular effect
flashback
a device used in literature to present action that occurred before the beginning of the story
foil
a character in a work of literature whose qualities contrast strongly with the corresponding qualities of another character
foreshadowing
a device used in literature to create expectation or to set up an explanation of later developments
hyperbole
deliberate exaggeration used to achieve an effect
image
a word, phrase, or figure of speech that addresses the senses, suggesting mental paictures of sights, sounds, smells, tastes, feelings, or actions
irony
the effect of language in which the intended meaning is the opposite of what is stated
metaphor
a figure of speech that expresses an idea through the image of another object
motif
a theme, character, image, metaphor, or other element that recurs throughout a single work of literature
narrator
the teller of a story
personification
a figure of speech that gives human qualities to abstract ideas, animals, and inanimate objects
plot
refers to the pattern of events in a narrative or drama
rhyme
refers to a poem in which words sound identical or very similar and appear in parallel positions in two or more lines
rhythm
a regular pattern of sound, time intervals, or events occurring in writing, most often and most discernably in poetry
satire
a work that uses ridicule, humor, and wit to criticize and provoke change in human nature and institutions
setting
the time, place, and culture in which the action of a narrative takes place
symbol
something that suggests or stands for something else without losing its original identity
theme
the main point of a work of literature
tone
the author's attitude toward his or her audience may be deduced from the _____ of the work