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Language A Literary Terms
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implied comparison NOT using the words "like" or "as"
comparison using the words "like", "as" or "than"
repetition of initial consonant sounds
a reference to something literary, mythological, or historical that the author assumes the reader will recognize
involves a direct contrast (usually structurally parallel word groupings) generally for the purpose of contrast (e.g., sink or swim)
a pause separating phrases within lines of poetry--an important part of poetic rhythm
the repetition of vowel sounds followed by different consonants in two or more stressed syllables (e.g., weak and weary)
a harsh, unpleasant combination of sounds or tones
the repetition in two or more words of final consonants in stressed syllables. (e.g., hid head)
specific word choice
the words or actions of a character in a play that carry a meaning unperceived by the character but understood by the audience
a character who is presented as a contrast to a second character so as to point to or show to advantage some aspect of the second character
the use in a literary work of clues that suggest events that have yet to occur
a deliberate exaggeration or overstatement
literary techniques that involve differences between appearance and reality, expectation and result, or meaning and intention
literary device in which normally unassociated ideas, words, or phrases are placed closely or next to one another to show comparison or contrast.
understatement, the opposite of hyperbole
the feeling created in the reader by a literary work or passage
a statement that seems contradictory or absurd but that expresses the truth (e.g., The more you know, the more you don't know.)
a type of figurative language in which a nonhuman subject is given human characteristics (e.g. The trees are dancing in the wind.)
a change from one tone, attitude, etc. to another
a type of irony in which a person appears to be praising something but is actually insulting it.
a style of writing that uses humor - sometimes gentle and sometimes biting - to criticize people, ideas, or institutions in hopes of improving them
In this type of irony, an event occurs that directly contrasts the expectations of the characters, the reader, or the audience. (e.g., deep sea diver drowning in the bathtub)
commonly held and oversimplified mental pictures or judgments of a person, a race, an issue, etc.
anything that stands for or represents something else, an object that serves as a symbol has its own meaning, but it also represents abstract ideas
the physical arrangement of words in a sentence
the writer's attitude toward his or her audience and subject
a central message or insight into life revealed through the literary work
a form of metaphor in which a part of something is used to stand for the whole thing (e.g. all hands on deck)
a defect in the tragic hero that causes his downfall
a type of irony in which words are used to suggest the opposite of what is meant
point of view
the perspective from which a story is told
the repetition of a grammatical structure
A detail, image, or character type that occurs frequently in literature and myth
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