American Literature 11th

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Analogy:A comparison of two different things that are similar in some wayColloquialism:word/phrase used in everyday conversation/informal writing, but is inappropriate for formal writingAphorism:A brief, cleverly worded statement that makes a wise sayingDialect:A regional variety of a language distinguished by vocabulary, spelling, and pronunciation.Allegory:a story, poem, or picture that can be interpreted to reveal a hidden meaning, typically a moral or political one.Frame story:a story within a storySatire:the use of humor, irony, exaggeration, or ridicule to expose and criticize people's stupidity or vicesInference:A conclusion reached on the basis of evidence and reasoningVoice:A writers distinctive use of languageFlashback:A method of narration in which present action is temporarily interrupted so that the reader can think of past eventsProverb:A popular sayingVerbal irony:A figure of speech in which what is said is the opposite of what is meantSituational irony:irony involving a situation in which actions have an effect that is opposite from what was intended, so that the outcome is contrary to what was expected.Diction:word choiceFree verse:poetry that does not rhyme or have a regular meterApostrophe:A figure of speech that directly addresses an absent or imaginary person or a personified abstraction, such as liberty or love.Conceit:a fanciful, particularly clever extended metaphorAnaphora:the repetition of a word or phrase at the beginning of successive clausesMeter:a poem's underlying structurePersonification:A figure of speech in which an object or animal is given human feelings, thoughts, or attitudesLyric poetry:A short poem in which a single speaker expresses personal thoughts and feelingsIambic pentameter:a poetic meter that is made up of 5 stressed syllables each followed by an unstressed syllableTheme:Central idea of a work of literatureSynecdocheA figure of speech in which a part is used for the whole