Literary Terms Page 5

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  1. parody
    a comical piece of writing that mocks the characteristics of a specific literary form; calls attention to the ridiculous aspects of its subject through exaggeration of the types of ideas, language, tone, or action in a type of literature or a specific work
  2. lyric poem
    a musical verse that expresses the observations and feelings of a single speaker; have a musical quality achieved through rhythm and such other devices as alliteration and rhyme
  3. anticlimax
    the turning point in a story that is always a letdown; the point at which the reader learns that the story will not turn out the way s/he had expected
  4. literal language
    uses words in their ordinary sense; the opposite of figurative language
  5. aphorism
    a brief, memorable saying that expresses a basic truth; many cultures pass on wisdom in the form of this
  6. meter
    the rhythmical pattern of a poem that is determined by the number and types of stresses, or beats, in each line
  7. descriptive essay
    seeks to convey an impression about a person, place, or object
  8. critical review
    offers one person's judgement of a movie, play, or other performance; this discusses the various elements of the performance and makes a recommendation
  9. visual essay
    presents information or makes a point about a subject through photographs and other visual forms as well as through text
  10. reflective essay
    a writer shares his or her thoughts about and impressions of an idea or experience
  11. humorous essay
    presents the author's thoughts on a sujbect in an amusing way
  12. expository essay
    gives information, discusses ideas, or explains a process
  13. biography
    a form of nonfiction in which a writer tells the life story of another person
  14. dramatic monologue
    a poem or speech in which a fictional character addresses a silent listener
  15. novel
    a long work of fiction that has a plot that explores characters in conflict; may have one or more subplots, or minor stories, and several themes
  16. simile
    a figure of speech in which like or as is used to make a comparison between two unlike ideas
  17. repetition
    the use of any element of language - a sound, word, phrase, clause, or sentence - more than once; poets use alliteration, assonance, rhyme, and rhythm are examples of items used more than once of certain sounds and sound patterns; in both prose and poetry, this is used for musical effects and for emphasis
  18. autobiography
    a form of nonfiction in which a person tells his or her own life story
  19. atmosphere
    the feeling or mood created in a reader by a literary work or passage
  20. connotation
    the set of ideas associated with a word in addition to its explicit meaning; this can be personal, based on individual experiences, but more often will have a cultural meaning to determine a writer's word choices
  21. technical article
    a type of expository writing that explains a procedure, provides instructions, or represents specialized information; often, specialized vocabulary is used
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Literary Terms Page 5
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