Literary Terms #4
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a narrative handed down from the past, containing historical elements and usually supernatural elements
ex: The Legend of King Arthur
light verse consisting of regular rhythm in which the first, second, and fifth lines rhyme, and the third and fourth lines rhyme
ex: There was an old man with a beard (Edward Lear)
the mistaken substitute of one word for another word that sounds similar
ex: Rainy weather can be hard on the sciences (sinuses).
a comparison between different things that have something in common
•Everyday is an uphill battle.
•The ball was an eagle soaring through the sky.
the feeling or atmosphere a writer creates for the reader
a standard theme, element, or dramatic situation that recurs in various works
a traditional story presenting supernatural characters and episodes that help explain natural events
a story or narrated account presented in words arranged in a logical sequence
a bittersweet longing for things of the past
a word formed from the imitation of natural sounds
ex: bang, boom, pop, zip
a special kind of precise paradox that brings together two contradictory terms
ex: jumbo-shrimp, bittersweet
a simple story that illustrates a moral or religious lesson
ex: The Boy Who Cried Wolf, The Emperor's New Clothes
a statement that seems to contradict itself but may still suggest an important truth
ex: "I am not as wise as the day I was born." -Henry David Thoreau
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