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Allegory
the presentation of an abstract idea through more concrete means. The typical allegory is a narrative that has at least two levels of meaning. the first is a surface reading; the second is a deeper level of meaning which the author intended
Allusion
a reference to a well known real or fictional person, place, or event
analogy
correspondence in some respect(s) BETWEEN THING OTHERWISE DISSIMILAR, or using one event or thing to represent another
Anaphora
a type of parallelism. it uses the EXACT REPETITION OR PHRASES at the beginning of successive lines or sentences
Analysis
the process of examining a text by looking at its parts and forming an opinion about the relationship between the parts and the whole
Antithesis
a rhetorical figure in which two ideas are directly opposed
Aphorism
a brief statement of a principle or a tersely phrased statement of trust or opinion ex. beauty in the eye of beholder
apostrophe
a figure of speech in which the speaker directly and often emotionally addressed a person who is DEAD OR NOT PHYSICALLY PRESENT, an imaginary person or entity, something inhuman or a place or concept
Caesura
a pause in a line of poetry. This is dictated not by meter but by natural speaking rhythm
context
the relationships that affect a work, both within the work and between the work and external factors.
internal
ie blackbelt
external
ie jim crow laws
Critisism
a particular was of evaluating a text. literary criticism functions through genre, structural analysis and vaule judgement
Dialect
a regional variety of language distinguished from other varieties by PRONUNCIATION, GRAMMER, AND VOCABULARY
Diction
the choice and phrasing of words
Didactic
a term used to describe a piece of writing whose primary function is to instruct in some way. ie sermon
Elegy
a mournful poem or musical composition composed to lament one who is dead
Epic
an extended narrative poem such as "The Iliad" elebrating episodes of heroic tradition, TYPICALLY DEVELOPED BY ORAL COMPOSITION
Epigraph
short thematic quotation at the beginning of a work
Figurative language
the use of language that is meant to be taken imaginatively rather than literally
Figures of Speech
simile, personification, metaphor, metonymy, synecdoche, allegory, conceit and symbol engage figurative language
Frame Story
a story that contains another sotry or stories. usually, the frame story explains why the interior story or stories are being told ex. Hrear of darkness or the canterbury tales
Genre
literary subclass
Gothic
A GENRE OF ROMANCE LITERATURE popular during the 19th century, which invokes a medieval, supernatural theme. ex. poe and coleridge
hyperbole
a figure of speech that uses extreme exaggeration for effect
Interior Monologue
a mode of narrative intended to expose the reader to the thoughts, emotions and sensations of a character. it is a type of stream of consciousness