9th Lit: Unit 1 Vocabulary

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Syntax
The arrangement of words and phrases to create well-formed sentences in a language.
Imagery
Description that appeals to the senses (sight, sound, smell, touch, taste)
Voice
A writers distinctive use of language
Prose
Any writing that is not poetry
Poetry
literary work in which special intensity is given to the expression of feelings and ideas by the use of distinctive style and rhythm; poems collectively or as a genre of literature.
narrator
a speaker or character who tells a story
narrative
The telling of a story or an account of an event or series of events.
flashback
A method of narration in which present action is temporarily interrupted so that the reader can witness past events
diction
A writer's or speaker's choice of words
denotation
The dictionary definition of a word
connotation
the implied or associative meaning of a word
simile
A comparison of two unlike things using like or as
metaphor
A direct comparison of two unlike things
hyperbole
extreme exaggeration
understatement
the opposite of exaggeration. It is a technique for developing irony and/or humor where one writes or says less than intended.
alliteration
the repetition of consonant sounds at the beginning of words
assonance
Repetition of a vowel sound within two or more words in close proximity
consonance
Repetition of a consonant sound within two or more words in close proximity.
inferences
Drawing conclusion from evidence
tone
Attitude a writer takes toward the audience, a subject, or a character