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Language that appeals to the senses
Example: "the iced branches shed crystal shells"
Incongruity between what might be expected and what actually occurs
Example: The huge Dog's name is Tiny.
The writer's use of language and overall style, created by tone and choice of words.
Example: "Chores, chores, chores, I hate Chores!"
A reference to another work of literature, person, or event.
"Perched upon a bust of Pallas just above my
The arrangement of spoken words alternating stressed and unstressed elements.
"When the dog bites,
When the bee stings,
When I'm feeling sad."
Correspondence in the sounds of two or more lines (especially final sounds).
"Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall."
Repetition of initial consonant sounds.
Example: "Rabbits Running Over Roses"
Using words that imitate the sound they denote.
Similarity of structure in a pair or series of related words, phrases, or clauses.
Example: "The more we do, the more we can do."
Representing an abstract quality or idea as a person or creature.
Example: "The stars danced playfully in the moonlit sky."
Important ideas that are repeated in the text.
Example: "The best things in life are free."
The attitude of a writer, usually implied, toward the subject or audience.
Example: "If a girl looks swell when she meets you, who gives a damn if she's late? Nobody."
Writing or speech that is not intended to carry literal meaning and is usually meant to be imaginative and vivid.
Example: "All the world's a stage"
A figure of speech that expresses a resemblance between things of different kinds (usually formed with 'like' or 'as').
Example: "Good coffee is like friendship: rich and warm and strong."
A figure of speech comparing to unlike things without using like or as.
Example: "That assignment was a breeze."
A figure of speech that uses exaggeration to express strong emotion, make a point, or evoke humor.
Example: "It is going to take a bazillion years to get through Medical School."
An object that is used to represent something else (usually a larger, philosophical and more important idea).
Example: Swastika is a symbol of hatred
A transition (in literary or theatrical works or films) to an earlier event or scene that interrupts the normal chronological development of the story.
Example: There was a flashback in Casablanca that showed the relationship between Rick and Ilsa before the movie began. This flashback was crucial to the plot in order for the relationship to move forward.
The use of hints and clues to suggest what will happen later in a plot.
Examples: " Why do I get the feeling you will be the death of me?" Later he is killed.
Drawing a comparison in order to show a similarity in some respect.
Example: "Glove is to hand as paint is to wall"
The repetition of similar vowels in the stressed syllables of successive words.
"I must confess that in my quest I felt depressed and restless."
The emotional atmosphere of a work
Example:"Life is full of misery, loneliness, and suffering--and it's all over much too soon."
A kind of rhythmic, compressed language that uses figures of speech and imagery designed to appeal to our emotions and imagination.
"heard a fly buzz when I died;
The stillness round my form
Was like the stillness in the air
Between the heaves of storm."
a conversation between two or more characters
"Jim, are you sure?" Blair asked.
"Yeah, I'm sure."
"Yes, Sandburg, really."
antagonist- the person who is pitted against the protagonist; protagonist-is the central figure in a literary work
Protagonist- Harry Potter
the act of describing distinctive characteristics or essential features.
Example: "Curly was quick and mean."
The lesson drawn from a fictional or nonfictional story.
Example: "Don't judge a book by it's cover"
witty language used to convey insults or scorn
Example: "Marriage is the chief cause of divorce."
the decisive moment in a novel or play.
In Twilight the climax is at the dance studio while James taunts Bella, breaking her leg and biting her. As well as his death by Emmet and Jasper.
A traditional story about gods, ancestors, or heroes, told to explain the natural world or the customs and beliefs of a society.
Example: Pandora's Box
Connotation is the suggested meaning of, or an association created by, words, as opposed to their obvious or accepted meaning. A denotation is a word's basic meaning as it stands alone
Denotation- Home- the place where one lives
Connotation- Home- cozy, loving, comfortable
the person who is telling the story
Example: Holden Caulfield, the narrator and main character in The Catcher in the Rye
a statement or proposition that seems self-contradictory or absurd but in reality expresses a possible truth.
Example: "Nobody goes to that restaurant, it's too crowded."
the usage or vocabulary that is characteristic of a specific group of people
North: "You guys"
a writer's or speaker's choice of words
Example: "We throw in as many fresh words as we can get away with."
unrhymed verse without a consistent metrical pattern
"I celebrate myself, and sing myself,
And what I assume you shall assume,
For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you.
I loaf and invite my soul,
I lean and loaf at my ease observing a spear of summer grass."
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