Literary Terms for Test

  1. the passing down of cultural knowledge by mouth from generation to generation
    oral tradition
  2. a culture's idea of how the world and its inhabitants were created
    creation myth
  3. recurring narrative elements (situations, characters, and symbols) that appear in stories across cultures and that speak human experiences
    archetypes
  4. a story that uses supernatural forces or beings to explain an aspect of life or the natural world and that was once held true by a culture.
    myth
  5. a style of writing the Bradford take of. It involves a clarity, simplicity, and scarcity of elaborate figurative expression
    plain style
  6. the main idea of the text, or life lesson
    theme
  7. references to people, places, events or works of literature
    allusions
  8. references to the writings of ancient Greece or Rome
    Classical Allusions
  9. the belief that god provides for his people by directly intervening in their lives and that he does so for ultimate good and his own glory. It is also the belief that god is actually at work in the world, directing even natural forces to accomplish his will.
    divine providence
  10. artful deviations from literal speech or normal word order
    figurative language
  11. is an imaginative comparison using 'like' or 'as'
    simile
  12. is an imaginative comparison of two dissimilar things, which can be implied or stated, brief or extended.
    personification
  13. is an address to an absent person, abstraction, or object; it makes an abstraction personal.
    apostrophe
  14. descriptive words or phrases that appeal to sense perceptions to create an impression. Imagery takes the form of simile, metaphor, and personification
    imagery
  15. the words mean what they say
    literal
  16. the words don't mean what they say
    figurative
  17. like or as
    simile
  18. says something is something
    metaphor
  19. when something takes on a non-human and act as if it is.
    personification
  20. often used phrase that doesn't mean what it says
    idiom
  21. is a figurative of speech in which a writer directly addresses a thing, concept, or absent person. a apostrophe is written in the second person, using the pronouns you and yours.
    apostrophe
  22. exaggerated statements or claims not meant to be taken literally
    hyperbole
  23. the attribution of human characteristics or behavior to a god, animal, or object
    anthropomorphism
  24. a figure of speech in which a part is made to represent the whole, or vice versa.
    synedoche
  25. an expression designed to call something to mind without mentioning it explicitly; an indirect or passing reference.
    allusion
  26. a figure of speech in which apparently contradictory terms appear in conjunction
    oxymoron
  27. the act of portraying a character in a narrative directly (through telling) or indirectly (through showing) is known as characterization. This is shown through:
    1. actions
    2. speech
    3. appearances
    characterization
  28. writing that emulated Greek and Roman models.
    Neo Classical
  29. instruction in literature
    didacticism
  30. word choices. Diction may refer to connotations of words or the cumulative effect of chosen vocabulary. possible descriptions might be formal or informal; ornate or plain; abstract or concrete, esoteric or colloquial
    diction
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