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Literary Terms

J.C. Grimard

Literary Terms – English 12 Provincial Exams

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5.an expression designed to call something to mind without mentioning it explicitly
6.the expression of one's meaning by using language that normally signifies the opposite, typically for humorous or emphatic effect
9.an account of someone's life written by someone else
12.a tension or clash resulting from the combination of two disharmonious or unsuitable elements
13.a manner of expression in writing
15.a figure of speech in which apparently contradictory terms appear in conjunction
18.repetition of the same letter or sound at the beginning of adjacent or closely connected words
19.special words or expressions that are used by a particular profession or group and are difficult for others to understand
20.the presentation of something as being smaller, worse, or less important than it actually is
21.the use of humor, irony, exaggeration, or ridicule to expose and criticize people's stupidity or vices
25.a situation in which a difficult choice has to be made between two or more alternatives, esp. two undesirable ones
26.a word or phrase that is not formal or literary, typically one found in ordinary or familiar conversation
28.the substitution of the name of an attribute or adjunct for that of the thing meant
31.a short story, typically with animals as characters, conveying a moral
32.the action of repeating something that has already been said or written
34.the formation of a word from a sound associated with what is named
36.a mild or indirect word or expression substituted for one considered to be too harsh or blunt when referring to something unpleasant or embarrassing
38.the state of being strikingly different from something else
39.the subject of a talk, piece of writing, or an exhibition
40.a figure of speech in which a word or phrase is applied to an object or action to which it is not literally applicable
42.a short and amusing or interesting story about a real incident or person
43.visually descriptive or figurative language
1.a simple story used to illustrate a moral or spiritual lesson
2.a poem or song narrating a story in short stanzas
3.a scene in a movie, novel, etc., set in a time earlier than the main story
4.intended to teach, particularly in having moral instruction as an ulterior motive
7.a phrase or opinion that is overused and betrays a lack of original thought
8.the recurrence of similar sounds, esp. consonants, in close proximity
10.knowing everything
11.exaggerated statements or claims not meant to be taken literally
14.a poem of fourteen lines using any of a number of formal rhyme schemes
16.a rhyme involving a word in the middle of a line and another at the end of the line or in the middle of the next (2 words)
17.the attribution of a personal nature or human characteristics to something nonhuman
22.a story, poem, or picture that can be interpreted to reveal a hidden meaning, typically a moral or political one
23.an exclamatory passage in a speech or poem addressed to a person (typically one who is dead or absent)
24.correspondence of sound between words or the endings of words
27.a serious disagreement or argument
29.the repetition of the sound of a vowel in non-rhyming stressed syllables near enough to each other for the echo to be discernable
30.a widely held but fixed and oversimplified image or idea of a particular type of person or thing
33.a joke exploiting the different possible meanings of a word
35.a comparison between two things, typically on the basis of their structure and for the purpose of explanation or clarification
37.the place or type of surroundings where an event takes place
41.a lyric poem in the form of an address to a particular subject

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