Eng 12 Provincial

  1. anti-climax
    a sudden disappointing decline in action after a previous rise
  2. argumentative essay
    an essay that tries to prove a point by supporting it with evidence
  3. anecdotal evidence
    information passed on by word of mouth, not documented or scientific
  4. aside
    a few words or a short passage spoken by a character to the audience that is not heard (pretending to not hear) by other characters on stage
  5. atmosphere
    the emotional tone of a story
  6. ballad
    • a multi-stanza poem that tells a story and has a refrain
    • oral, put to music
    • folk, vernacular
    • everyday topics such as family, unrequited love, death, work or living conditions
  7. ballad stanza
    a four line rhyming stanza that is part of a ballad
  8. blank verse
    poetry written in unrhymed iambic pentameter. Shakespeare used this for most of his plays
  9. caricature
    a distorted character resulting from the author's deliberate exaggeration of a trait or traits of personality
  10. catastrophe
    the "turning downward" of the plot in classical tragedy--usually after the climax
  11. character foil
    a character who makes a contrast with another, especially a minor character who helps set off a major character
  12. chorus
    a band of singers and dancers that provides a religious and moral commentary on a story
  13. climatic order
    to save the most important to last
  14. comedy
    a ludicrous and amusing event or series of events in a work of literature
  15. couple
    two lines of the same metrical length that rhyme to form a complet unit
  16. dnouement
    the outcome of a series of events, the resolution that occurs after the climax of a work of literature
  17. descriptive essay
    an essay that describes a person, place, or object
  18. didactic
    writing used to teach or convince the reader of a particular point
  19. direct presentation
    when the writer tells readers what kind of personality the character possesses rather than allowing the character to show his or her personality and allow readers to draw their own conclusions
  20. dissonance
    the deliberate use of syllables or words that sound harsh together
  21. drama
    writing presented in the form of a pantomime, play, or dialogue in front of an audience
  22. dramatic irony
    a situation in a narrative or drama where the audience knows more than the character(s)
  23. dramatic monologue
    when a single character addresses a silent audience at a critical moment and reveals something about himself or herself
  24. dramatic form
    various literary forms that are related and include dramatic material
  25. editorial
    an opinion piece about any topic
  26. elegy
    a mournful poem; a lament for the dead
  27. emotional appeal
    persuading an audience through the use of emotion
  28. epic
    a poem that is a long narrative, has a hero or anti-hero, uses elevated language, and in which the outcome of a group of people is based on the success or failure of the protagonist
  29. epigram
    a short verse at the beginning of a poem or novel
  30. epitath
    an inscription carved on a tomb or gravestone; the last words spoken by a character before his or her death
  31. exposition
    the "exposing" of the story behind the story; a act of writing a speech of the purpose of conveying information
  32. expository essay
    a simple essay usually factual and written without emotion
  33. external conflict
    a struggle between two opposing characters or forces
  34. parallelism
    writing structure where different paragraphs or stanzas are organized in the same manner
  35. pastoral
    writing that has the characteristics of simplicity, charm, serenity, and a rural setting
  36. pathos
    writing that evokes feeling of sympathy and compassion
  37. personal essay
    an essay that pertains to personal feeling and experiences and is written in first person
  38. persuasive essay
    an essay that meant to induce action of belief on the part of the reader
  39. point of view
    the way a story is written; can be first person, second person, or third person; objective, limited omniscient, or omniscient
  40. quatrain
    a four lined stanza that can be rhymed or unrhymed
  41. refrain
    a line or lines that are repeated in music or verse
  42. rhythm
    a pattern of stressed and unstressed sounds in poetry
  43. sestet
    a six line poem or stanza
  44. sonnet
    a 14 line poem usually written in iambic pentameter; can be Shakespearean or Italian
  45. speaker
    the "voice" used by an author to tell a story or speak a poem
  46. stream of consciousness
    a running or flowing way a character or narrator expresses his/her feelings and inner-most thoughts
  47. synecdoche
    a part of an object is used to represent the whole: "nice wheels!"
  48. tone
    the author's implicit attitude toward the reader or the places, people, and events in a work of literature
  49. voice
    the dominating tone of a literary work, not always identifiable with the actual views of the author
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Eng 12 Provincial
Eng 12 Provincial