20 terms

American Literature Set 2

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conceit
vanity or self-love; too high opinion of one's own value; extravagant metaphor (in poetry)
oxymoron
A figure of speech that combines opposite or contradictory terms in a brief phrase.
parallelism/parallel structure
using the same pattern of words to show that two or more ideas have the same level of importance
litotes
a type of understatement in which an idea is expressed by negating its opposite
allusion
A reference to another work of literature, person, or event
connotation
the implied or associative meaning of a word
denotation
the literal meaning of a word
style
the choices a writer makes; the combination of distinctive features of a literary work
hyperbole
A figure of speech that uses exaggeration to express strong emotion, make a point, or evoke humor
personification
a type of figurative language in which a nonhuman subject is given human characteristics
alliteration
the repetition of consonant sounds at the beginning of words
diction
A writer's or speaker's choice of words
assonance
the repetition of vowel sounds
consonance
repetition of consonant sounds
ambiguity
an expression whose meaning cannot be determined from its context
anachronism
something out of place in time
anecdote
A short account of an interesting or humorous incident
lyric
a short poem of songlike quality
apostrophe
figure of speech that directly expresses an absent or imaginary person or abstraction
captive narrative
Stories of capture, suffering, rescue, and escape seem to appeal to primal human emotions and fit the ever-popular romance narrative.

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