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Literary Terms and Examples Combined

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a short account of a particular incident or event, especially of an interesting or amusing nature

"President Roosevelt showed us that a man who could barely lift himself out of a wheelchair could still lift a nation out of despair" (Manuel)

"What is that? Bells, dogs again! Is it a dream? I sob and cry. See! The door opens, fur-clad men Rush to my rescue; frail am I; Feeble and dying, dazed and glad. There is the pistol where it dropped. "Boys, it was hard — but I'm not mad. . . . Look at the clock — it stopped, it stopped. Carry me out. The heavens smile. See! There's an arch of gold above. Now, let me rest a little while — Looking to God and Love . . .and Love . . ." (Manuel)

"DURING MY REHABILITATION, I MET A YOUNG MAN NAMED GREGORY PATTERSON. WHEN HE WAS INNOCENTLY DRIVING THROUGH NEWARK, N.J., A STRAY BULLET FROM A GANG SHOOTING WENT THROUGH HIS CAR WINDOW- RIGHT INTO HIS NECK- SEVERED HIS SPINAL CORD. FIVE YEARS AGO, HE MIGHT HAVE DIED. TODAY, BECAUSE OF RESEARCH, HE'S ALIVE."

A mother tells her son a story about a family vacation when she was growing up.(SP)
A student writes a brief account about his favorite holiday moment for a school assignment. (SP)

What is that? Bells, dogs again! Is it a dream? I sob and cry. See! The door opens, fur-clad men Rush to my rescue; frail am I; Feeble and dying, dazed and glad. There is the pistol where it dropped. "Boys, it was hard — but I'm not mad. . . . Look at the clock — it stopped, it stopped. Carry me out. The heavens smile. See! There's an arch of gold above. Now, let me rest a little while — Looking to God and Love . . .and Love . . .".
(AYS)
the deliberate use of many conjunctions for special
emphasis—to highlight quantity or mass of detail or to create a flowing, continuous sentence pattern; it
slows the pace of the sentence

And Joshua, and all of Israel with him, took Achan the son of Zerah, and the silver, and the garment, and the wedge of gold, and his sons, and his daughters, and his oxen, and his asses, and his sheep, and his tent, and all that he had." (The Bible)
R.S

By seven o' clock the orchestra has arrived— no thin five piece affair but a whole pit full of oboes AND trombones AND saxophones AND viols AND coronets AND piccolos AND low AND high drums. (Manuel)

-"I said, 'Who killed him?' and he said 'I don't know who killed him, but he's dead all right,' and it was dark and there was water standing in the street and no lights and windows broke and boats all up in the town and trees blown down and everything all blown and I got a skiff and went out and found my boat where I had her inside Mango Key and she was right only she was full of water." (Ernest Hemingway, After the Storm) (J.F)

"Rarely are we met with a challenge, not to our growth or abundance, our welfare, or our security, but rather to the values AND the purposes AND the meaning of our beloved Nation."

Today, my teacher gave me math homework and science homework and reading homework and a project to complete!(JL)
I like Jeff, but he likes Karen, but she likes Mark, but he likes Marie, but she likes Morgan, but he likes me.(JL)

Mrs. Hurst and her sister allowed it to be so - but still they admired her and liked her, and pronounced her to be a sweet girl, and one whom they would not object to know more of. (EEM)

And Joshua, and all of Israel with him, took Achan the son of Zerah, and the silver, and the garment, and the wedge of gold, and his sons, and his daughters, and his oxen, and his asses, and his sheep, and his tent, and all that he had. (TDS)

"Let the whitefolks have their money and power and segregation and sarcasm and big houses and schools and lawns like carpets, and books, and mostly-mostly-let them have their whiteness."

(AYS)
repetition at the end of successive phrases, clauses, or sentences at or near the beginning of the next

"Our doubt is our passion, and our passion is our task." JV

"Whenever I'm alone with you, you make me feel like I am home again, whenever I'm alone with you, you make me feel like I am whole again." (GA)

"They call for you. The general who became A SLAVE; THE SLAVE who became A GLADIATOR; THE GLADIATOR who defined an emperor; striking story."

-"Tonight we are a country awakened to danger and called to defend freedom. Our grief has turned to anger, and anger to resolution." George W. Bush: addressing congress and the nation. (CB)

"When the cable goes out, you get angry. When you get angry, you do questionable things. When you do questionable things, you go to jail. When you go to jail, your granny cries. Don't make your granny cry." (EM)

"When you don't do your homework, you don't know what's going on. When you don't know what's going on, you fail. When you fail, your mom makes you go to tutoring. When you go to tutoring, you get assigned even more homework. Don't get assigned even more homework, do your homework the first time." (EM)

"What I present here is what I remember of the letter, and what I remember of the letter I remember verbatim (including that awful French)."- Lollita (JL)

"The mountains look on Marathon - And Marathon looks on the sea..." (SP)

"He retained his virtues amidst all his - misfortunes — misfortunes which no prudence could foresee or prevent."
(SP)

"Whenever I'm alone with you, you make me feel like I am home again, whenever I'm alone with you, you make me feel like I am whole again." (GA)