Literary Terms 1-15

  1. Apostrophe
    Direct address of a person, object, or quality as if it were present
  2. Conceit
    Comparison of two unlikely things that is drawn out within a piece of literature, in particular an extended metaphor within a poem
  3. Epigram
    Succinct, witty statement, often in verse
  4. Extended Metaphor
    Series of comparisons within a piece of writing. If they are consistently one concept, this is also known as conceit.
  5. Hyperbole
    Exaggeration for effect
  6. Litotes
    Statement which affirms the positive by negating the negative
  7. Metonymy
    Figure of speech that substitutes something closely related for the thing actually meant
  8. Metaphor
    Implied comparison of two unlike things
  9. Ocymoron
    Two or three word term that appears to be contradictory, but is nevertheless true
  10. Paradox
    Seemingly contradictory statement which is nevertheless true
  11. Periphrasis
    Elaborate and roundabout manner of speech that uses more words than necessary
  12. Personification
    Attributing of human qualities to nonhuman or nonliving things
  13. Simile
    Stated comparison of two unlike things using like or as
  14. Synecdoche
    Use of a part to represent a whole or a whole to represent a part
  15. Synesthesia
    Description of one kind of sense impression by using words that normally describe another
Card Set
Literary Terms 1-15