Language Activity A Literary Terms

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  1. allusion
    reference to a person, place, event, or other source meant to create an effect or enrich the meaning of an idea
  2. analogy
    a comparison that points out similarities between two dissimilar things
  3. conceit
    a figure of speech in which a striking association is made between two seemingly dissimilar things; an extended metaphor
  4. connotation
    the suggested or implied meaning of a word or phrase (contrast with denotation)
  5. denotation
    the dictionary definition of a word or phrase (contrast with connotation)
  6. figurative language
    figures of speech, among them metaphor, simile, personification, synecdoche, metonymy, allusion, and symbol
  7. imagery
    the use of words to represent what can be seen, touched, smelled, tasted, or felt—sensory language
  8. metaphor
    a figure of speech that compares unlike objects
  9. personification
    a figure of speech in which objects and animals are given human qualities.
  10. simile
    a figurative comparison using the words like or as
  11. aesthetic distance
    refers to a total objectivity of a writer wherein his/her view and judgments are withheld in his/her account of human experience; also, the distance between a work of art and its perceiver
  12. anastrophe
    inversion of the normal syntactic order of words
  13. authorial intrusion
    discussions directed to the reader and constituting a substantial break in the narrative illusion of reality
  14. diction
    the selection of words in oral or written discourse
  15. explication
    the interpretation or analysis of text
  16. genre
    a term used to describe literary forms such as tragedy, comedy, novel, and essay
  17. interior monologue
    a narrative technique in which characters' thoughts are revealed in a way that appears to be uncontrolled by the author; typically aims to reveal the inner self of a character. It portrays emotional experiences as they occur at both a conscious and unconscious level.
  18. limited narrator
    a narrator who observes from only one point of view, lacking omniscience
  19. mood
    the emotional response that a piece of literature stimulates in the reader
  20. omniscient narrator
    a narrator with unlimited awareness, understanding, and insight of character, setting, background, and all other elements of the story
  21. persona
    the role or façade that a character assumes or depicts to a reader, a viewer, or the world at large
  22. point of view
    the view, whether limited or omniscient, the reader gets of the action and characters in the story
  23. rhetoric
    the language of a work and its style; similar to diction
  24. stream-of-consciousness
    refers to an attempt on the part of an author to reproduce the unembellished flow of thoughts in the human mind with its feelings, judgments, associations, and memories
  25. stlye
    the manner in which an author uses words, shapes ideas, forms sentences, and creates a structure
  26. syntax
    the arrangement of words in a sentence; sentence pattern
  27. theme
    the main idea or meaning, often an abstract idea upon which a work of literature is built
  28. tone
    the author’s attitude toward the subject being written about; the characteristic emotion that pervades a work or part of a work—the spirit or character that is a work’s emotional essence
  29. voice
    the real or assumed personality used by a writer or speaker
  30. alliteration
    repetition of consonant sounds, especially at the beginnings of words
  31. apostrophe
    a locution that addresses a person or personified thing not present
  32. assonance
    the repetition of two or more vowel sounds in a group of words or a line of poetry
  33. cacophony
    the use of inharmonious sounds in close conjunction to create an effect (contrast with euphony)
  34. consonance
    the repetition of two or more consonant sounds in a group of words or a line of poetry
  35. euphony
    the use of pleasant, harmonious words to create an effect (contrast with cacophony)
  36. metonymy
    a figure of speech that uses the name of one thing to represent something else with which it is associated.
  37. onomatopoeia
    the use of words whose sounds suggest their meaning
  38. symbolism
    the use of one object to suggest another, hidden, object or idea
  39. synecdoche
    a figure of speech in which a part signifies the whole or the whole signifies the part
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Language Activity A Literary Terms
2012-04-17 02:05:39

lessons #1-3
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