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English Regents Review
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A story or a poem that is more than it appears to be; virtues and vices are personified
The repetition of initial consonant sounds
Repetition of vowel sounds
References to things that appear in history or literature
When the meaning is deliberately unclear
Speaking to someone who is not present
A poem that tells a story
Unrhymed iambic pentameter
Actions, dialogue, and narrative description that reveal a sense of a character's personality to the reader.
A struggle between opposing forces which is the driving force of a story.
an implied meaning of a word. For example,
"Good night, sweet prince, and flights of angels sing thee to thy rest (burial)."
Two consecutive lines of poetry that rhyme
Literal meaning of a word
the style of speaking or writing, determined by the choice of words by a speaker or a writer
A long narrative on a grand scale with and epic hero
The use of language that is not literal- metaphors, similes, personification, some imagery
No formal meter or rhyme; different from prose because it has poetic elements
Overstatement or exaggeragtion
A line with ten syllables, unstressed-stressed etc.
Writing that calls upon the five senses
When a word in the line rhymes with the ending word
When the reader knows something the character doesn't
When someone says one thing and means another
When the situation is opposite of what is expected
A brief poem that captures an image, experience of emotion
A comparison between two unlike things not using like or as
A long speech by one pserson meant to be heard by others
The emotion of the piece (for the reader)
A meditation on a subject
Words that sound like what they mean
A statement that seems to contradict itself but actually makes sense (EX: I can resist most things except for temptations)
Giving of human characteristics to nonliving things
The regular form of spoken and written language, measured in sentences rather than lines, as in poetry.
A four line stanza
Words that sound identical or similar
Something that ridicules with the purpose of change
A comparison between two things usually using like or as
A speech by one person not meant to be heard by others; reveals inner thoughts
A fourteen line poem in iambic pentameter with a specific rhyme scheme
The voice of the writing- not necessarily the author
Groups of lines within a poem
The use of symbols to represent ideas or qualities
The attitude or feeling of the seaker on a subject- can also mean dominant mood
When something is presented as unimportant, and it really is
When the story of a person's life is told by the person
To express indirectly
Believing in the idea of perfection or a perfect world
Being or producing something like nothing done or experienced or created before
Pushes a character to do something
A style of writing that tells a story about something witnessed or experienced
A short account of an interesting or humorous incident
A statement made by another person included in a published story. A direct quotation is exactly what the person said and appears inside quotation marks. An indirect quote is a paraphrase of what a person said and does not appear in quotes.
The use of a term or name for the person or thing being spoken to
A category used to classify literary works, usually by form, technique or content (e.g., prose, poetry).
Sequence of events in a story
Writing that tells about real people, places, and events
Someone who analyzes a work and states its positive and negative aspects
A writer's attitude toward his or her subject matter revealed through diction, figurative language, and organization on the sentence and global levels.
Marked by or given to using irony in order to mock or convey contempt
A longing for something past; homesickness
A general tendency to expect good outcomes.
Any literary technique used to achieve a specific effect.
A question asked for effect, not in expectation of a reply
A detached factual picture represented in a plain direct manner.
A story including elements that are impossible or make-believe.
Something that inspires poetry or other types of literature
A logical interpretation based on prior knowledge and experience.
A report of related events presented to the listeners or readers in words arranged in a logical sequence.
A character or force in conflict with the main character (villain)
Chief character in a dramatic or narrative work, usually trying to accomplish some objective or working toward some goal.
A narrative device that hints at coming events; often builds suspense or anxiety in the reader.
A contrast between expectation and reality
Point of view
The identity of the narrative voice; the person or entity through whom the reader experiences the story. May be third-person (no narrator; abstract narrative voice, omniscient or limited) or first-person (narrated by a character in the story or a direct observer). Point-of-view is a commonly misused term; it does not refer to the author's or characters' feelings, opinions, perspectives, biases, etc.
Where a specific word, phrase, or structure is repeated several times, usually in close proximity, to emphasize a particular idea.
rhymed words at the ends of lines. For example,
Roses are red
Violents are blue
Sugar is sweet
And so are you.
The context in time and place in which the action of a story occurs.
Central Idea; The main idea or message conveyed by the piece. A theme should generally be expressed as a complete sentence.
Theme; The main idea or message conveyed by the piece. A theme should generally be expressed as a complete sentence.
an object or idea that repeats itself throughout a literary work. In a literary work, a motif can be seen as an image, sound, action or other figures that have a symbolic significance and contributes toward the development of the theme.
The combination of two contradictory words, such as Jumbo Shrimp, deafening silence, sweet sorrow, pretty ugly.
The insertion of a scene showing an earlier event that took place before the opening scene of a literary work.
the direct opposite, a sharp contrast
a humorous play on words
a line spoken by an actor to the audience but not intended for others on the stage
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