23 terms

American Literature Set 3

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balanced sentence
A group of words that expresses a complete thought
a sentence consisting of two or more clauses that are parallel in structure
rhetorical question
A question asked merely for rhetorical effect and not requiring an answer
imagery
Description that appeals to the senses (sight, sound, smell, touch, taste)
mock-epic
parody form that deals with mundane events and ironically treats them as worthy of epic poetry
point of view
the perspective from which a story is told
prose
ordinary speech or writing without rhyme or meter; referring to speech or writing other than verse, not poetry.
colloquialism
the use of informal words, phrases or even slang in a piece of writing
allegory
A story in which each aspect of the story has a symbolic meaning outside the tale itself.
free verse
poetry that does not contain regular patterns of rhythm or rhyme
anaphora
the deliberate repetition of the first part of the sentence in order to achieve an artistic effect
genre
a major category or type of literature
character foils
characters who are opposites, highlight each others traits, creates contrast.
novel
A long fictional narrative written in prose, usually having many characters and a strong plot.
satire
A literary style used to make fun of or ridicule an idea or human vice or weakness
inversion
a literary technique in which the normal order of words is reversed, in order to achieve a particular effect or emphasis.
figure of speech
any expressive use of language, as a metaphor, simile, personification, or antithesis, in which words are used in other than their literal sense.
antithesis
the direct opposite, a sharp contrast
paraphrase
a restatement of a text in a different form or in different words, often for the purpose of clarity
conflict
In literature a struggle between opposing forces or characters.
dialogue
conversation between two or more characters
annotate
v. To make explanatory or critical notes on or upon.
autobiography
An account of a person's life written by that person
biography
story of a person's life written by another person

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