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Familar
To understand literature in the context of an author's biography and/or historical period
Formalist
To value a literary work for its own intrinsic properties
Psychological
To determine meanings that are suggested but not overly stated
Marxist
To reveal how those in control of the means of production manipulate the rest and thereby change the system
Feminist
To read with heightened awareness of the nature, social roles, and treatment of female characters
Feminist
To recognise ignored and undervalued feminine writers
Reader-Response
To include the reader in constructing the meaning of a text
Deconstructionist
To demonstrate the multiplicity of meanings in a given text
New Historicist
To understand text as a product and maker of complex and sometimes conflicting historical forces
PreColonialist
To examine the literature of colonized peoples and that of the desendants of their colonizers, featuring what happens wen one culture is dominated by another
Multiculturalist
To identify and analyze the literatures of racial and ethnic minorities in order to discover their unique characteristics and world views
Hyperbole
A figure of speech that is exaggerated for effect
Metaphor
A figure of speech in which something is described as though it were something else
Conceit (controlling methphor)
A metaphor that dominates and oragnizes the entire poem
Oxymoron
A figure of speech that combines 2 contradictory elements together
Personification
Figurative Language that gives a non-human subject human qualities
Similie
A figure of speech that makes a direct comparison between two unlike subjects using like or as
Alliteration
Repetition of initial consonant sounds
Assonance
The repetition of vowel sounds in a sequence of works with different endings
Cacophony
Harsh, jarring sounds within lines of poetry
Euphony
Flowing, pleasant sounds within lines of poetry
Onomatopoeia
A word that imitates a sound
Parallelism
When the writer uses a gramatical patern and repeats it
Repetition
The use, more than one, of any element of language- can be a sound, a word, a phrase, a sentance, or a gramatical pattern
Grammatical Structure
Within the lines of poetry there are incomplete sentences or special usage of punctuation, capitalization, or spacing
Imagery
Words or phrases tht appeal to one or more of the ive senses
Irony
A situation characterized by a difference between what is expected and what really occurs
Cosmic Irony
A type of irony that implies tat God or fate ontrol an toys with human feelings, lives, and outcomes
Mood
The atmosphere or feeling created by the reader
Sarcasm
A form of verbal irony in which praise is harsh an bitterly critical
Theme
The central message, concern, or insight into life expresses by the literary work
Tone
The attitude towards the subject and audience onveyed by the language and rhythm o the speaker in a literary work
Anaphora
Repetition of the same words at the beg. of 2 or more lines
Catalogue
List of items
Cesura
Pause or reak in a line or verse (dramatic event)
Enjambment
Continuation of a sentance and gramat. conlusion of a line onto the verse
Endstopped
Lines in which Gramat. sentance and sense reach conclusionat the end of the line (periods)