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Literary terms                                      Literary termsDiction- Choice and use of words in a speech or writing;...
3rd Person Omniscient- The narrator is an all knowing outsider who can enter theminds of several of the charactersUndersta...
Homophone- Words that sound that sound the same but are spelled differently and have adifferent meaningAssonance- The repe...
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Literary terms/english definitions

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Literary terms/english definitions

  1. 1. Literary terms Literary termsDiction- Choice and use of words in a speech or writing; this affects the meaning andaudience understandingDenotation- the ‘dictionary’ definition of a wordConnotation- Ideas and concepts which are commonly associated with a word but aren’t apart of a dictionaryLiteral language- When what is said is exactly what is meantFigurative language- When what is said is not exactly what is meantSimile- Comparing two unlike things using ‘like’ or ‘as’ therefore transferring thecharacteristics of one thing to the otherMetaphor- When two things are directly compared therefore transferring thecharacteristics of one thing to the otherPersonification- When human characteristics are given to non-human things/objectsTone- The authors or characters attitude towards a subject at hand (not necessarily thesame) affects the reader’s feelings and understanding about the author’s messageTheme- A unifying idea or a message in a story which is often universalClaim- Starting an idea you are trying to proveEvidence- A specific example that helps to prove your claimAnalysis- An explanations of how our evidence proves the claimJuxtaposition- Placing two ideas or words close to one another which then influences ourthinking about each word to create new messagesPoint of view- The perspective from which the narrator tells the story First person- The narrator is a character in the story, who can reveal their ownpersonal feelings 3rd Person Objective- The narrator is an outsider who can report only what he orshe sees and hears. The narrator can tell us what is happening but can’t tell the thoughtsof the characters 3rd Person Limited- The narrator is an outsider who sees into the minds of one or afew of the characters
  2. 2. 3rd Person Omniscient- The narrator is an all knowing outsider who can enter theminds of several of the charactersUnderstatement- To say something with less completeness or truth than is warranted bythe facts; to express with restraint or lack of emphasis, especially for theoretical effectsHyperbole- A kind of figurative language where exaggeration is used for emphasis oreffectIrony- When a circumstance, action, event, or speech or the effect of the above is theopposite of what is either expected or intended- often has a humorous effectMood/Atmosphere- The emotional quality that a reader feels in a scene/story. Ways todescribe mood include ‘creepy’ depressing, uplifting, joyous, confused.Symbol- A person, object, or event which is a representative of a larger idea.Foreshadowing- hints that the author gives us about what will happen later on in thestory.Ambiguous language- Words that have more than one meaning, and which meaning theauthor intentionally vague, therefore capitalizing on more than one meaning at the sametimeEn Mediares- When a story/chapter etc. starts right in the middle of anevent/conversation, etc. Used to build readers curiosity and interest, among other effectsRegister- Word choice and conventions which express the level of formality at hand canbe formal, semi-formal or informalCharacterization- The combined effects of all the methods that an author uses to revealwho an character is. These methods include characters action, thoughts, physicaldescription, dialogue, behavior/body language, other people’s reaction to character.Thesis- A summary of the main points that you are going to prove in an essay. It is foundin the introduction of an essaySplit Thesis- When a thesis includes both similarities and differences but is blended into aunified idea or a position.Alliteration- Repetition of the initial sound in a series of words which creates a range ofeffects often rhythm or a drawing extra attention to the words involvedAmbiguous language 2- When authors/poets use words/phrases which have more thanone meaning in a way in which more than one (or all) meanings can be intendedEnjambment- In poetry, ending a line in a middle of a clause/sentence/idea withoutpunctuation so that the clause continues on to the next line- draws attention towards theend of a line and the beginning of the next
  3. 3. Homophone- Words that sound that sound the same but are spelled differently and have adifferent meaningAssonance- The repetition of a ‘vowel’ sound within wordsConsonance- The repetition of a consonant sound that occurs within words.Imagery- Deeply or uniquely described situation which are meant to create a picture inthe readers mindIambic Pentameter- Verse where each line has 10 syllables or ‘5 feet’ (1 foot = 2syllables), where every second syllable is stressed to help create rhythmPun- Ambiguous words or phrases which purposely intends to create all meanings atonce, usually for humorous effectsOxymoron- A form of juxtaposition where direct opposites are placed directly next toeach other to create an effectSoliloquy- A speech made by a character in a play which helps to reveal their toughts tothe audience often the only person on stage or action is ‘frozen’ and no other character isable to hear what is being saidAside- A brief comment which is heard only by the audience or certain characters onstage; a stage whisperComic relief- a humorous scene in a play or a book meant to relieve tension aftersomething

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