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Famous American Author who wrote Civil Disobedience (which inspired Ghandi and Martin Luther King) after bein imprisoned for failure to pay taxes.
Henry David Thoreau
Writer who focused on Great Depression era themes in books such as the Grapes of Wrath
John Steinbeck
Born in 1819 and wrote Bartleby by the Scrivener and Moby DIck during the height of the Industrial Revolution
Herman Melville
Most famous work was "The Scarlet Letter"; he was the great grandson of a judge from the Salem Witch Trials
Nathaniel Hawthorne
Famous American satirist who wrote The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Caleveras County and an American Yankee in King Author's Court
Mark Twain
Many of her stories, such as My Antonia and the short story A Waggner Matinee, focused on the understanding of the place of women in society
Willa Cather
Writer of the most famous teenage angst novel in American literature
J. D. Salinger
Name a book we have read this year where the title is a metaphor and explain the metaphor
The Crucible
The Things They Carried
Of Mice and Men
The Catcher in the Rye
Known for writing macabre stories with themes of death and despair
Edgar Alan Poe
The most prevalent themes in American literature
individualism
Style is characterized by a focus on the human condition and the struggles encountered as a result of it
John Steinbeck
Style is evidenced by the authors tendency to tell a story with great detail and emphasis only to eventually discount the validity of the story
Tim O'Brien
Focused his writing on analyzing relationships; used metaphors of the sea and fishing in many of his stories
Ernest Hemingway
Writing is characterized by emphasis on the senses, particularly the senses of sight and sound, to create a feeling a fear
Edgar Allen Poe
Writing is characterized by a unique use of language such as curse words and heavy italics
J.D. Salinger
The name of the group which favored the use of nature as a theme in poetry and literature
transcendentalists
Famous female American poet who was never published during her life time
Emily Dickinson
Poet whose themes reflected the Harlem Renaissance movement
Langston Hughes
Wrote poems which celebrated the individualism of Americans in poems such as "I Hear America Singing"
Walt Whitman
Title of the poem about a "devil bird" by a famous American author and poet
The Raven
Well known African American poet who is a professor in Virginia
Nikki Giovani
Herman Melville and Nathaniel Hawthorne both worked in one to make ends meet
custom house
Famous American play write who was married to Marilyn Monroe
Arthur Miller
Writer of "Self Reliance" and father of the transcendentalist movement
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Writer of Bartleby the Scrivener
Herman Melville
irony
contrast between the way that something appears and the way it actually is
jargon
conversational language unique to a trade or profession
literary license
author's right to break the rules of standard grammar & punctuation
malapropism
misuse of words characterized by confusion with similar terms
metaphor
comparison between two distinct objects not using "like" or "as"
metonomy
replacing the name of one thing with another closely associated thing
moral
the lesson of the story
mood
general feeling evoked in a reader through the author's use of words
motivation
character's reason for exhibiting a particular behavior
narrative
form of writing that tells a story
narrator
person telling the story
onomatopoeia
use of words to imitate sounds
oxymoron
combined use of terms that seem contradictory
palindrome
word that reads the same forwards and backwards
paradox
a statement whereby 2 opposing conditions exist simultaneously
personification
giving human characteristics to non-human characters or objects
poetic justice
happy ending for hero and sad ending for villain
plot
sequence of story events
point of view
perspective from which the story is told
protagonist
hero of the story
pun
a play on words
resolution
the outcome of the story
Alliteration
repetition of consonant sounds
assonance
repetition of vowel sounds
ballad
origin stories passed by word of mouth
blank verse
unryhmed poetry
caesurua
pause or natural break in a line of poetry
couplet
pair of ryhming lines
end rhyme
identical sounds at ends of lines
epic
long narrative about supernatural events or people
epitaph
inscription used to mark burial place
free verse
no fixed pattern or meter
foot
basic unit in measurement of a lline of poetry
hyperbole
deliberate exaggeration
lyric poem
song like poem that expresses feelings of one speaker
iambic pentameter
peotric meter in which each line has five feet
internal rhyme
use of rhyming words within a line of poetry
metaphor
comparing two unlike things
meter
rhythmical pattern
onomatopoeia
sound words
oxymoron
two contradictory words fused together
paradox
statement that seems contradictory but actually presents a truth
personification
giving human characteristics to on-human objects
refrain
repeated group of lines in a poem
rhyme
repetition of sound at end of words
rhyme scheme
pattern or rhyme
romanticism
emphasizes nature
run on line
no stop at the end of a line
simile
comparison using "like" or "as"
stanza
group of lines (poetry unit)
sonnet
fourteen line lyric poem with one of several rhyme schemes
shakespearean sonnet
fourteen line lyric poem with three quatrains and a couplet