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Literary Terms

J.C. Grimard

Literary Terms – English 12 Provincial Exams

Understatement a joke exploiting the different possible meanings of a word
Setting the action of repeating something that has already been said or written
Paradox 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
Foreshadowing visually descriptive or figurative language
Parable a phrase or opinion that is overused and betrays a lack of original thought
Biography the substitution of the name of an attribute or adjunct for that of the thing meant
Fable a poem of fourteen lines using any of a number of formal rhyme schemes
Consonance the presentation of something as being smaller, worse, or less important than it actually is
Alliteration a mild or indirect word or expression substituted for one considered to be too harsh or blunt when referring to something unpleasant or embarrassing
Internal Rhyme a short story, typically with animals as characters, conveying a moral
Apostrophe a situation in which a difficult choice has to be made between two or more alternatives, esp. two undesirable ones
Oxymoron the subject of a talk, piece of writing, or an exhibition
Jargon Missing phrase2 - 12
Didactic an exclamatory passage in a speech or poem addressed to a person (typically one who is dead or absent)
Simile an expression designed to call something to mind without mentioning it explicitly
Sonnet special words or expressions that are used by a particular profession or group and are difficult for others to understand
Tone intended to teach, particularly in having moral instruction as an ulterior motive
Cliché an account of someone's life written by someone else
Assonance the place or type of surroundings where an event takes place
Rhyme knowing everything
Allusion a widely held but fixed and oversimplified image or idea of a particular type of person or thing
Satire a simple story used to illustrate a moral or spiritual lesson
Repetition the recurrence of similar sounds, esp. consonants, in close proximity
Dilemma a short and amusing or interesting story about a real incident or person
Irony the formation of a word from a sound associated with what is named
Direct Presentation the repetition of the sound of a vowel in non-rhyming stressed syllables near enough to each other for the echo to be discernable
First Person the expression of one's meaning by using language that normally signifies the opposite, typically for humorous or emphatic effect
Colloquialism a manner of expression in writing
Ballad a figure of speech in which apparently contradictory terms appear in conjunction
Onomatopoeia a serious disagreement or argument
Euphemism Missing phrase2 - 43
Pun Missing phrase2 - 29
Stereotype correspondence of sound between words or the endings of words
Ode Missing phrase2 - 28
Conflict a tension or clash resulting from the combination of two disharmonious or unsuitable elements
Omniscient a poem or song narrating a story in short stanzas
Contrast Missing phrase2 - 35
Parody exaggerated statements or claims not meant to be taken literally
Analogy the attribution of a personal nature or human characteristics to something nonhuman
Personification Missing phrase2 - 16
Flashback the state of being strikingly different from something else
Imagery a lyric poem in the form of an address to a particular subject
Allegory a word or phrase that is not formal or literary, typically one found in ordinary or familiar conversation
Dissonance the use of humor, irony, exaggeration, or ridicule to expose and criticize people's stupidity or vices
Anecdote a figure of speech in which a word or phrase is applied to an object or action to which it is not literally applicable
Hyperbole a scene in a movie, novel, etc., set in a time earlier than the main story
Theme a comparison between two things, typically on the basis of their structure and for the purpose of explanation or clarification
Metaphor a story, poem, or picture that can be interpreted to reveal a hidden meaning, typically a moral or political one
Metonymy repetition of the same letter or sound at the beginning of adjacent or closely connected words

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