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ELA Literary Terms
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repetition of identical or similar consonant sounds, normally at the beginning of words
a direct or indirect reference to something which is presumably commonly known, such as an event, book, myth, place, or work of art
direct contrast of structurally parallel word groupings
speaker talks to a dead person, an absent person, or an inhumane object
repetition of identical or similar vowel sounds
Poetry that does not have a regular meter or rhyme scheme
exaggerated statements or claims
A comparison without using like or as
A figure of speech in which something is referred to by using the name of something that is associated with it
A word that imitates the sound it represents.
A figure of speech that combines opposite or contradictory terms in a brief phrase.
arrangement of words within sentences or of sentences within paragraph
a figure of speech in which a part is made to represent the whole or vice versa
author presents or describes concepts, animals, or inanimate objects by endowing them with human attributes or emotions
A comparison using "like" or "as"
A four line stanza
Two consecutive lines of poetry that rhyme
the general character or attitude of a place, piece of writing, situation
A statement or proposition that seems self-contradictory or absurd but in reality expresses a possible truth.
14 line poem
a sonnet consisting of an octave with the rhyme pattern abbaabba, followed by a sestet with the rhyme pattern cdecde or cdcdcd
English Sonnet (Shakespearean)
a sonnet consisting three quatrains and a concluding couplet in iambic pentameter with the rhyme pattern abab cdcd efef gg
Deliberate use of many conjunctions
A comparison of two different things that are similar in some way
A form of understatement that defines an idea by what its not
fiction that concerns the nature of fiction itself, either by reinterpreting a previous fictional work or by drawing attention to its own fictional status.
the continuation of a sentence without a pause beyond the end of a line, couplet, or stanza.
a division into two parts
A regional variety of a language distinguished by vocabulary, spelling, and pronunciation.
a worn-out idea or overused expression
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