Brit Lit Terms FINAL
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A contrast between expectation and reality
A statement or proposition that seems self-contradictory or absurd but in reality expresses a possible truth.
Ex: Jumbo shrimp
A style of writing that mocks, ridicules, or pokes fun at a person, belief, or group of people in order to challenge them. Often, texts employing satire use sarcasm, irony, or exaggeration to assert their perspective
A figure of speech that directly addresses an absent or imaginary person or a personified abstraction, such as liberty or love.
seize the day
a sad or mournful poem
A work of literature dealing with rural life
A figure of speech in which an object or animal is given human feelings, thoughts, or attitudes
Ex: The wind howled in the night.
A fanciful expression, usually in the form of an extended metaphor or surprising analogy between seemingly dissimilar objects.
A thing that represents or stands for something else, especially a material object representing something abstract.
Of the middle ages; of or relating to a mysterious, grotesque, and desolate style of fiction
Repetition of initial consonant sounds
Ex: sweet birds sang.
Repetition of consonant sounds
Ex: Pitter Patter, Pitter Patter
Repetition of vowel sounds
Ex: Hear the mellow wedding bells. (e is repeating)
Repeated use of sounds, words, or ideas for effect and emphasis
Ex: Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.
Repetition of sounds at the end of words
Ex: news and views
A word that imitates the sound it represents.
Ex: Blech! Bam! Boom!
Description that appeals to the senses (sight, sound, smell, touch, taste)
A comparison using "like" or "as"
Ex: Her heart is like gold.
A comparison without using like or as
Ex: Her heart is gold.
favored reason, wit, outward elegance, complicated metaphors called "conceits".
Carpe Diem, loyalists
expression of spontaneous feelings, profound responses to nature that leads to a deep awareness of the individual.