Literary Terms American Literature
Body of stories, legends, myths arising out of the oral traditions of people around the world
Poetry written in unrhymed iambic pentameter
Repetition of sounds at the end of words
Repetition of the consonant sounds at the beginning of words
Repetition of the vowel sounds in conjunction with dissimilar consonant sounds
Usually in poems and is a rhythmical pattern determined by the number of beats in each line
Includes word choice, tone, degree of formality, rhythm, grammar
Edgar Allan Poe's theory about what constituted a good short story. Achieved by a single emotional effect on the reader.
Contrast between what is stated and what is meant or between what is expected to happen and what actually happens.
Literary and artistic movement of 19th century that arose in reaction again the Neoclassic movement and placed emphasis on imagination, emotion, nature
Writing that used figures of speech such as metaphor, simile and irony
American literary movement of 19th century. Believed that intuition and the individual conscience transcend experience and thus are better guides to truth than are sense and logical reason.
Story or tale with two or more levels of meaning - a literal level and one or more symbolic levels.
Anything that stands for or represents something else.
descriptive or figurative language used in literature to create word pictures for the reader.
Writer's attitude towards subject
Mournful, melancholic poem
Poetry that lacks regular rhythmical pattern or meter
Repeated line in a poem or song
Daily autobiographical account of events and personal reactions
Writer's or speaker's word choice
Presentation in art of the details of actual life.
Form of language spoken by people in particular region or group
Writing that ridicules or criticizes individuals, ideas, institutions
A word or phrase used in everyday conversation and informal writing
Puritan plain style
Usage of plain and simple language to make a direct statement
Fictional tale that explains the actions of gods or heroes or
causes of natural phenomena
Figure of speech in which one thing is spoken of as though if were something else. (ie. Death is a long sleep)
Melodic poem that expresses the observations and feelings of a single speaker.
The passing on of songs, stories, by word of mouth
A prejudiced outlook while writing
Modes of Discourse
narration, description, exposition and argument
An association made that a word brings to mind
writing or speech that attempts to convince reader to think and act in a particular way.
Act of creating and developing a character.
Conversation between characters
Sequence of events in a literary work. Involves both characters and central conflict.
Writer's or speaker's word choice. (Informal, plain/ornate, common)
Form of non-fiction in which a person tells his or her own life story.
Public speaking that is formal, persuasive and emotionally appealing
A concise statement containing general truths or observationsabout life. (Ralph Waldo Emerson famous for this style)
Repetition of grammatical structure
A reference to a well-known person, place, work of art
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