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Literary Terms

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Jordan Mariona

on 13 November 2015

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Alliteration
The occurrence of the same letter or sound at the beginning of closely connected words.

“The fair breeze blew, the white foam flew,
The furrow followed free;
We were the first that ever burst
Into that silent sea.”

-From Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner”
Contrast
To compare in order to show differences in persons, places or ideas.

My mistress’ eyes are nothing like the sun;
Coral is far more red than her lips’ red;
If snow be white, why then her breasts are dun;
If hairs be wires, black wires grow on her head.
I have seen roses damasked, red and white,
But no such roses see I in her cheeks;

-(Sonnet 130, William Shakespeare)
Hyperbole
Obvious exaggeration to make a point.

“I had to wait in the station for ten days-an eternity.”

From Joseph Conrad’s novel “The Heart of Darkness”,
Mood
The mood creates certain moods in a reader through words and descriptions.

“The river, reflecting the clear blue of the sky, glistened and sparkled as it flowed noiselessly on.”

Charles Dickens creates a calm and peaceful mood in his novel “Pickwick Papers”:
Refrain
Refrain
Refrain is a poetic verse, line, or set that appears at the end of a stanza.

Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light…
And you, my father, there on the sad height,
Curse, bless, me now with your fierce tears, I pray.
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

(Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night by Dylan Thomas)


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