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2012-06-23 04:12:49
English 12 Literary Devices Terms Definitions

English 12 Literary Terms
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  1. Chronological
    • In order of time
    • In consecutive time
  2. Chronology
    • The measurment of time or the ordering of events
    • The arrangement of events or dates in order of their occurence
  3. Cliche
    • A phrase that is so common that the novelty has worn off
    • Overused phrase
  4. Colloquial
    • Informal, suitable for everyday speech
    • Language that is used in an ordinary conversation
  5. Concrete
    • Solid, Physical not theoretical or abstract
    • A material existing in a physical form
  6. Connotation
    • Impied or additional meaning for a word or phrase.
    • These meanings are often subjective
    • A hint or implication of a word
  7. Deduction
    A concustion reached by logic or reasoning, or by examining all the available information
  8. Denotation
    The explicit or direct meaning or set of meanings of a word or expression
  9. Abstract
    • Is not physical, and is not concrete
    • Abstract is ideas and emotions
  10. Allegory
    A story, or visual image with a second distinct meaning. (Double Meaning)
  11. Analogy
    • Comparing one thing to another thing
    • Comparing a similarity among two things
  12. Anecdote
    • Brief story of an interesting incident
    • Goes straight to the point
  13. Antecedent Action
    Actions that take place before the story lines open
  14. Antithesis
    A contrast or opposition of ideas

    Ex. Hot Cold, Short Tall, Many are called but few are chosen
  15. Apathy
    Lack of interest
  16. Apostrophe
    A speech addressed to a dead or absent person or an abstract object
  17. Archaic
    Belonging to an earlier time. Words or expressions that have passed out of use are archaic
  18. Ballad
    • Narrative Poem that tells a story
    • Often about Love, Honor and Courage.
    • Ballads were once songs and often have strong rhythm and plain rhyme schemes
  19. Blank Verse
    Is written in Unrhymed iambic pentameter
  20. Dissonance
    • Harsh sound or discordance
    • Dissonance can be emotional or intellectual.
  21. Epic
    A long poem that is often about a heroic character.
  22. Epilogue
    A final address to the audience, often delivered by a characer in the drama
  23. Fantasy
    • A literary genre.
    • As a rule, fantasy contains events, characters, or settings that would not be possible or found in real life.
  24. Foreshadowing
    A techniques whereby an event or incident is indicated beforehand when the author includes hints or clues about the main events of a story.
  25. Hyperbole
    A figure of speech that uses exaggeration for effect. Like a metaphor, it is not intended to deceive.
  26. Imagery
    Language that evokes sensory impressions