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TBrown Vocab 1st semester

the vocab
STUDY
PLAY
setting
where and when the story takes place
mood
atmosphere
protagonist
the principal character in a work of fiction
antagonist
The major character in a narrative or drama who works against the hero or protagonist
narrative voice
tells the story
dialogue
the characters speech
point of view
perspective
1st person
I
2nd person
you
3rd person omniscient
all knowing
3rd limited
observer
free and direct speech
puts doubt in the readers mind; it's when the narrator speaks in a way the sounds like it could be the character
plot
story line; conflict
conflict
adds tension; moves story forward
characterization
character development
alliteration
repetition of stressed sounds
assonance
the repetition of similar vowels in the stressed syllables of successive words
consonance
the repetition of consonants (or consonant patterns) especially at the ends of words
Versification
the form or metrical composition of a poem
compounding
the act of combining things to form a new whole; "Spear-Danes"
keening
compounding that are metaphoric in meaning; "Sky's-Candle" meaning the sun
formulas
ready-made phrases that fill the metrical needs of a line of half-line
litotes
an idea expressed by the denial of its opposite; "not a little"
parallelism
arrangement of equally important ideas in similar grammatical constructions
caesura
a break or pause (usually for sense) in the middle of a verse line
variation
restatement of a concept using different ideas
epithet
adjective or phrase applied to a noun to accentuate a certain characteristic; "The Devil's Dictionary"
Burlesque
comedy characterized by ridiculous exaggerating and distortion
parody
form of high burlesque; imitates a specific literary work or style of an author for comic effect
horatian satire
indulgent, tolerant, amused and witty voice,
satire
literary genre that uses irony, wit, and sometimes sarcasm to expose humanity's vices and foibles; "A Modest Proposal"
Juvenalian satire
formal satire where the speaker attacks vice and error with contempt and indignation
Sardonic
scornful, mocking, cynical
sarcasm
intentional derision, generally directed at another person and intended to hurt
Meter
the structure of how a poem is written; number of feet per line
IAMBIC
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TROCHAIC
S U
ANAPESTIC
U U S
DACTYLIC
S U U
monometer
one
dimeter
two
trimeter
three
tetrameter
four
pentameter
five
hexameter
six
quatrain
four lines
couplet
two lines
rhyme scheme
beat of a poem (rhyme, alliteration)
metaphor
compares two unlike things
simile
compares two unlike things using like or as
conceit
extended metaphor/simile
imagery
creates images through sensory language
pun
play on words
tone shift
(sonnet: turn) (Petrarch Sonnet: volta) feeling changes suddenly
oxymoron
contradiction