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28 Cards in this Set

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a written or unwritten system of fundamental laws and principles governing a society.
Oral Tradition
The tradition refers to the process of passing down sayings, songs, tales, and myths from on generation to the next by word or mouth.
Journals (in relation to Explorers)
An individuals day-by-day account of events and personal reactions.This impacted the peoples view of the history, becuase it is only their account.
Lyric Poetry
Lyric poems or lyrics, are brief poems that express the writers personal feelings and thoughts.
Figurative language
is language that is not intended to be interpreted literally.
Social commentary / Social critique
When an author blasts the cultural values of the time.
The American Slave Narrative
an autobiographical account of life as a slave.
the person the author writes for. In some cases it might be for the author themselves (Emily Dickinson) and some would be righting for someone higher than them (Phillis Wheatley) In these cases the writing might be more eloquent or colloquial.
a person’s account of his or her life, like Ben Franklin.
a short, concise statement expressing a wise or clever observation or general truth.
the art of skilled public speaking.
when the writer or speaker repeats a point over and over again in their work in order to make a point.
the attribution of human powers and characteristics to something that is not human, such as an object, an aspect of nature, or an abstract idea.
Transcendentalism (the literary movement)
an intellectual movement that directly or indirectly affected most of the writers of the New England Renaissance.
a literary device in which a writer directly addresses an inanimate object, an abstract idea, or an absent person.
was a literary movement essentially consisted of only two writers, Nathanial Hawthorne and Herman Melville. They focused on the limitations and potential destructiveness of the human spirit rather than on its possibilities.
work of literature in which events, characters, and details of setting have a symbolic meaning.
a law copyist
The Meaning of Bartleby (hint: cultural critique/social commentary)
In this text the fact that Bartleby would refuse to do stuff to the extent of living was a cultural critique of society at that time and the fact that it was all business and not truth.
The Narrator’s problematic notion of charity in Bartleby
the fact that the narrator kept Bartleby because he believed it would ease his conscience and save a friendship.
Emily Dickinson’s unique style
Emily uses different kinds of grammar, at least in ways people had never used before her time, and the ways she personifies things in her poetry.
The number of poems written by Dickinson
1,775 (Biography) only half were printed against her permission.
Subjectively: Wavering of opinion; hesitation, doubt, uncertainty, as to one's course.
Walden Pond
The place where thoreau went and visted during the duration of his writing "Walden"
An account of a series of events, facts, etc., given in order and with the establishing of connections between them; a narration, a story, an account.
A member of that party of English Protestants who regarded the reformation of the church under Elizabeth as incomplete, and called for its further ‘purification’
The power of projecting one's personality into (and so fully comprehending) the object of contemplation.
A figure of speech in which a name or descriptive word or phrase is transferred to an object or action different from,that to which it is literally applicable.