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Literary Terms Weeks 16-20
Transcript of Literary Terms Weeks 16-20
a song, poem or piece of music expressing grief, regret or mourning.
A recurrent thematic element in an artistic or literary work.
is a word that imitates the sound it represents.
is a prefatory piece of writing, usually composed to introduce a drama. The Greek prologos included the modern meaning of prologue, but was of wider significance, embracing any kind of preface, like the Latin praefatio. The prologue is usually in the beginning of a book.
is writing that resembles everyday life
the study, discussion, evaluation, and interpretation of literature.
describes an array of cultural movements rooted in the changes in Western society in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. The term covers a series of reforming movements in art, architecture, music, literature and the applied arts which emerged during this period.
a means, product, act, state
comparison of two unlike things using the verb "to be" and not using like or as as in a simile.
irregular, irrational, irredeemable
Of Mice and Men
Cute cuddly animals that Lennie can't help but kill
The atmosphere that pervades a literary work with the intention of evoking a certain emotion or feeling from the audience. In drama, mood may be created by sets and music as well as words; in poetry and prose, mood may be created by a combination of such elements as SETTING, VOICE, TONE and THEME. The moods evoked by the more popular short stories of Edgar Allen Poe, for example, tend to be gloomy, horrific, and desperate.
Traditional story that is rooted in a particular culture, is basically religious and usually serves to explain a belief, a ritual, or a mysterious natural phenomenon.
The voice telling a story.
Prose writing that deals with real people, things, events, and places. Example: biography and autobiography
out of, from
elect- (choose out of)
eject- (throw out)
is putting two contradictory words together.
A satiric imitation of a work or of an author with the idea of ridiculing the author, his ideas, or work. The parodist exploits the peculiarities of an author's expression--his propensity to use too many parentheses, certain favorite words, or whatever. The parody may also be focused on, say, an improbable plot with too many convenient events.
reveals a kind of truth which at first seems contradictory. Two opposing ideas.
one who takes part in
proctor, doctor, actor, teacher, driver
Point of View
The way a story gets told and who tells it. It is the method of narration that determines the position, or angle of vision, from which the story unfolds. Point of view governs the reader's access to the story.
First person (t
he narrator speaks as "I" and the narrator is a character in the story who may or may not influence events within it).
(the narrator seems to be someone standing outside the story who refers to all the characters by name or as he, she, they, and so on). When the narrator reports speech and action, but never comments on the thoughts of other characters, it is the dramatic third person point of view or objective point of view.
-a narrator who knows everything that needs to be known about the agents and events in the story, and is free to move at will in time and place, and who has privileged access to a character's thoughts, feelings, and motives.
a narrator who is confined to what is experienced, thought, or felt by a single character, or at most a limited number of characters.
(a narrator who describes events in the story, but seems to make obvious mistakes or misinterpretations that may be apparent to a careful reader). Unreliable narration often serves to characterize the narrator as someone foolish or unobservant.
Main character in fiction or drama
the usually humorous use of a word in such a way as to suggest two or more of its meanings or the meaning of another word similar in sound.
is giving human qualities to animals or objects.
hypertension, hypersensitive, hyperactivity
act, state, condition of: analysis
in the visual arts and literature is the depiction of subjects as they appear in everyday life, whithout embellishment or interpretation
Repetition of accented vowel sounds, and all sounds following them, in words that are close together in a poem
A round character has depth and detail that he or she seems like a "real" person. The round character changes or evolves over the course of a narrative or appears to have the capacity for such change, the character is also dynamic.
A literary tone used to ridicule or make fun of human vice or weakness, often with the intent of correcting, or changing, the subject of the satiric attack
Mal- / Male-
malediction malevolent, malnutrition , maleficence
of, belonging to, quality of: Latin
furtive, attentive, relative