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Literary Terms

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alliteration
the repetition of consonant sounds at the beginning of words or accented syllables
allusion
A brief reference within a work to something outside the work. Relates to - another literary work, a place or historical event
aphorism
a short, concise statement expressing a wise or clever observation or general truth about life
assonance
the repetition of vowel sounds in conjunction with dissimilar consonant sounds
blank verse
poetry written in unrhymed iambic pentameter
consonance
the repetition of similar final consonant sounds at the ends of words or accented syllables
epistle
a formal composition written in form of a letter to a distinct group
folk tale
stories handed down orally among common people of a particular culture
irony
a contrast between what is staged and what is staged, or between what is expected to happen and what actually happens
lyric poetry
poems expressing personal feelings and tend to be melodic
metaphor
comparison between two unlike things NOT using "like" or "as"
myth
a fictional tale that explains the actions of g-ds or heroes or the cause of natural phenomena
oral tradition
the passing of songs, stories, and poems from generation to generation by word of mouth
parallelism
repetition of grammatical structure
personification
providing human qualities to a non-human or inanimate object
repetitive phrase
exact restatement of ideas or thesis
rhetorical question
(a question whose answer is self-evident)
simile
a comparison between two unlike things using the words "like" or "as"
symbolism
literary movement during the 19th century that influenced poets
restatement
paraphrase of ideas or thesis