Honors Spring Benchmark 2 Literary Terms
Terms in this set (38)
Repetition of initial consonant sounds
A reference to a well-known person, place, event, literary work, or work of art
A comparison of two different things that are similar in some way
a rhetorical device in which two opposite ideas are put together in a sentence to achieve a contrasting effect. Example: Patience is bitter, but it has a sweet fruit.
A brief, cleverly worded statement that makes a wise observation about life. Example: "Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise."
A figure of speech that directly addresses an absent or imaginary person or a personified abstraction, such as liberty or love.
A detail, image, or character type that occurs frequently in literature and myth and is thought to appeal in a universal way to the unconscious and to evoke a response
Repetition of a vowel sound within two or more words in close proximity
exaggerated statements or claims not meant to be taken literally.
Description that appeals to the senses (sight, sound, smell, touch, taste)
A contrast between expectation and reality
The outcome of a work is unexpected, or events turn out to be the opposite from what one had expected
What is said is the opposite of what is meant
When a reader is aware of something that a character isn't
Placement of two things closely together to emphasize comparisons or contrasts. Example: It was the best of times; it was the worst of times
A comparison without using like or as
How the reader feels about the text while reading.
A word that imitates the sound it represents.
The joining of God, man, and nature into one divine being; the achievement of perfect balance that followers believed was possible
A statement or proposition that seems self-contradictory or absurd but in reality expresses a possible truth. Example: "Winners know how to lose."
similarity of structure in a pair or series of related words, phrases, or clauses
Sequence of events in a story
1st person point of view
The narrator is a character in the story. ( I, me, my, we, our )
3rd person limited point of view
narrator uses pronouns "he," "she," or "it" to convey the thoughts and feelings of one character only
3rd person omniscient point of view
A method of storytelling in which the narrator knows the thoughts and feelings of all of the characters in the story.
Falls under the umbrella of Realism. This is fiction and poetry that focuses on the characters, dialect, customs, topography, and other features particular to a specific region
A nineteenth-century literary movement that was an extension of realism and that claimed to portray life exactly as it was. Nature does not consider human life to be more valuable than any other life.
A regular pattern of rhyming words in a poem
Satire. (The Lowest Animal by Mark Twain)
A literary work that criticizes human misconduct and ridicules vices, stupidities, and follies.
The time and place of a story
A comparison of two unlike things using like or as
rhyme in which the vowel sounds are nearly, but not exactly the same (i.e. the words "stress" and "kiss")
A group of lines in a poem
A device in literature where an object represents an idea.
A government controlled by religious leaders
Attitude a writer takes toward the audience, a subject, or a character
A cultural movement embracing human empowerment and rejecting traditionalism as outdated. Rationality, industry, and technology were cornerstones of progress and human achievement.
A time period characterized by a questioning of the notion of progress and history, a believe that "there is nothing new under the sun', so we will experiment with making old things new and interesting again, and multiple, perhaps even conflicting, identities resulting from disjointed affiliations