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2012-03-19 18:14:43
Literary terms

literary terms
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  1. dialect
    the form of language spoken by people in a particular region or group; pronunciation, vocabulary, and sentence structure are affected by this form of language; writers use it to make their characters sound realisitc and to create local color
  2. climax
    following the rising action and preceding the falling action, the high point of interest or suspense of a story, novel, or play
  3. diction
    word choice; considering the writer's vocabulary used, the appropriateness of the words, and the vividness of the language; can be formal or informal and conversational
  4. pentameter
    a verse written in five-foot lines
  5. trimeter
    a verse written in three-foot lines
  6. monometer
    a verse written in a one-foot line
  7. heptameter
    a verse written in seven-foot lines
  8. dimeter
    a verse written in two feet
  9. hexameter
    a verse written in six-foot lines
  10. tetrameter
    a verse written in four-foot lines
  11. oral tradition
    the passing of songs, stories, and poems from generation to generation by word of mouth; many folk songs, ballands, fairy tales, legends, and myths originated from this tradition
  12. description
    a portrait of words of a person, place, or object
  13. blank verse
    poetry written in unrhymed iambic pentameter; widely used by William Shakespeare, like in his place The Tragedy of Julius Caesar
  14. sensory language
    writing or speech that appeals to one or more of the senses
  15. dramatic irony
    a contradiction between what the character thinks and what the reader or audience knows to be true
  16. verbal irony
    words are used to suggest the opposite of what is meant
  17. irony of situation
    an event occurs that directly contradicts the expectations of the characters, the readers, or the audience
  18. prose
    the ordinary form of written language; occurs in two forms: fiction and nonfiction