Literature terms

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  1. Meter
    A regular pattern of rhythm pattern, or the arrangement & number of stressed & unstressed syllables. Strong & week beats can be indicated, as follows: Whose WOODS these ARE I think I know
  2. Metaphors
    describle one thing as if it were something else. Her eyes were saucers, wide with expercation.
  3. Personification
    Gives human qualities to something nonhuman. The clarinets sang
  4. Similes
    Use like or as to compare two unlikes things. The icy water was like stinging bees.
  5. Alliteration
    is the repetition of consonant sounds at the beginnings of words, as in feathered friend.
  6. End of rhyme
    occurs when the ends of lines share the same sound.
  7. Internal rhyme
    is when a rhyme occurs within a single line, as in this Samuel Coleridge line: "In mist or cloud, on mast or shroud."
  8. Haikus
    • are short, unrhymed poems, often about nature. The form origniated in Japan, but its simplicity and power has made it popular worldwide. Its tone is often thoughtful, but it can be playful as well. The line and rhythmic structure is shown in this haiku by Phillip Fried:
    • Five syllables, then
    • Seven, then five - frog jumps in
    • A puddle: haiku.
  9. Stress
    an emphasis given to a syllable of speech by making it louder than the rest of the word
  10. Imagery
    The use of vivid or figurative language to represent objects, actions or ideas
  11. Tragedy
    Literary work in which the main character is brought to ruin or suffers extreme sorrow, especially as a consequence of a consequence of a tragic flaw, moral weakness, or inability to cope with unfavorable circumstances
  12. Poets often tap reader's prior knowledge and emotions by including________?
    Allusions - references to people, places, or things from other artistic works
  13. A writer's style is his unique use of _________?
  14. Imagery
    is language that appeals to the senses
  15. Poets use imagery to ?
    Help readers imagine sights, sounds, textures, taste, and smells
  16. Example of imagery - for a train
    The train thundered past, roaring, screaming
  17. Example of Train without imagery
    The train went by
  18. Irony
    The use of words to express something different from and often opposite to their literal meaning.
  19. Satire
    Term applied to any work of literature or art whose objective is ridicule.
  20. Foreshadowing
    is a literary device in which an author suggests certain plot developments that might come later in the story.
  21. Protagonist
    the main character or hero in a work of literature
  22. Hyperbole
    A figure of speech in which exaggeration is used for emphasis or effect, as in I could sleep for a year or this book weights a ton.
  23. Symbol
    Something that represents something else
  24. Allegory
    The expression by means of symbolic fictional figures and actions of truth or generalizations about human existence...also an instance (as in a story or painting) of such expression
  25. Toliet Paper
    Is to be put in the bathroom after each LAST SHEET
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Literature terms
Literature terms
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