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Metaphor Metaphor compares two different things by speaking of one in terms of the other. Unlike a simile or analogy, metaphor asserts that one thing.

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1 Metaphor Metaphor compares two different things by speaking of one in terms of the other. Unlike a simile or analogy, metaphor asserts that one thing is another thing, not just that one is like another. Affliction then is ours; / We are the trees whom shaking fastens more. --George Herbert

2 Synecdoche Synecdoche is a type of metaphor in which the part stands for the whole, the whole for a part, the genus for the species, the species for the genus, the material for the thing made, or in short, any portion, section, or main quality for the whole or the thing itself (or vice versa). Farmer Jones has two hundred head of cattle and three hired hands.

3 Metonymy Metonymy is another form of metaphor, very similar to synecdoche (and, in fact, some rhetoricians do not distinguish between the two), in which the thing chosen for the metaphorical image is closely associated with (but not an actual part of) the subject with which it is to be compared. The orders came directly from the White House.

4 Personification Personification metaphorically represents an animal or inanimate object as having human attributes--attributes of form, character, feelings, behavior, and so on. Ideas and abstractions can also be personified. The ship began to creak and protest as it struggled against the rising sea. We bought this house instead of the one on Maple because this one is more friendly.

5 Hyperbole Hyperbole, the counterpart of understatement, deliberately exaggerates conditions for emphasis or effect. There are a thousand reasons why more research is needed on solar energy.

6 Allusion Allusion is a short, informal reference to a literary work, famous person or event. “We had traveled too far into a net of expectations and left no crumbs behind.” The Scarlet Ibis

7 Oxymoron Oxymoron is a paradox reduced to two words, usually in an adjective-noun. Jumbo shrimp Act naturally Cold fire

8 Alliteration Alliteration is the recurrence of initial consonant sounds. Done well, alliteration is a satisfying sensation.

9 Onomatopoeia Onomatopoeia is the use of words whose pronunciation imitates the sound the word describes. "Buzz," for example, when spoken is intended to resemble the sound of a flying insect. Other examples include these: slam, pow, screech, whirr, crush, sizzle, crunch, wring, wrench, gouge, grind, mangle, bang, blam, pow, zap, fizz, urp, roar, growl, blip, click, whimper, and, of course, snap, crackle, and pop.

10 Apostrophe Apostrophe interrupts the discussion or discourse and addresses directly a person or personified thing, either present or absent. O books who alone are liberal and free, who give to all who ask of you and enfranchise all who serve you faithfully! -- Richard de Bury

11 Assonance: similar vowel sounds repeated in successive or proximate words containing different consonants: A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid.

12 Allegory A multi-layered literary work in which characters, objects, or actions represent distractions. Animal Farm is an allegory.

13 Adage A familiar proverb or wise saying.

14 Analogy A comparison of two different things that are similar in some way. Foot::leg as hand::arm "His head was like the dome of a cathedral."

15 Cliché Overused expression Easy as pie There’s no place like home.

16 Climax Highest point of interest in a literary work

17 Colloquialism Informal words or expressions not acceptable in formal writing Y’all wanna get some grub?

18 Conceit Fanciful extended metaphor

19 Connotation The implied or associated meaning of a word
Brother has many more accepted meanings than a male sibling.

20 Denotation The literal or dictionary meaning of a word.

21 Dialect A variety of speech characterized by its own particular grammar of pronunciation, often associated with a particular geographic region. *think To Kill a Mockingbird

22 Dialogue Conversation between two or more people

23 Diction Word choice made by a writer

24 Ellipses Omission of a word or phrase which is grammatically necessary but can be deduced from context. Some people prefer dogs; others cats.

25 Epiphany A moment of sudden revelation

26 Epitaph Inscription on tombstone

27 Flashback Insertion of an earlier event into the normal chronological order

28 Flat Character Embodies a single quality; does not develop in the course of the story

29 Foreshadowing Prepares reader for what is to come next

30 Genre Major category of literature Poetry, fiction, drama

31 Hyperbole Intentional exaggeration for effect Her bag weighed a ton.

32 Idiom An expression in a given language which cannot be understood in a lteral sense. It was raining cats and dogs. We were in a pickle.

33 Imagery Using language to create vivid images that appeal to one of the senses. “Something is rotten in the state of Denmark.” -Hamlet

34 Inference Using evidence to draw a conclusion

35 Irony Incongruity between what happens and what is expected to happen
It was ironic that the kids wished Miss Brown many more happy birthdays when she would not live to see another one.

36 Jargon Specialized language Doctors: stethoscope, malpractice, scalpel
Auto Mechanics: carburetor, muffler, transmission

37 Juxtaposition Placing two elements side by side to show contrast
Romeo and Juliet is full of structural juxtapositions between light and dark and between age and youth.

38 Metaphor Direct comparison of two unlike things
“All the world’s a stage”

39 Metonymy Substituting the name of one object for another closely associated The pen is mightier than the sword.

40 Mood Emotional atmosphere of a work *the reader’s side

41 Tone The attitude a writer has toward his subject *writer’s side

42 Narrator Who tells the story

43 Parallelism The use of corresponding syntactical forms (creating balance in the sentence) We added the milk, beat the eggs, and sifted the flour.

44 Paraphrase Restatement of text in a different form

45 Parody Humorous interpretation of a serious work

46 Pun A play on words

47 Round Character A character who develops or changes throughout the course of a work

48 Satire Use of humor to point out imperfections in people or social institutions

49 Simile Like is like a box of chocolates

50 Setting Time, place, and environment

51 Symbol Stands for itself as well as something outside itself

52 Syntax How words are arranged in sentences Subject + Verb
Prepositional Phrase + Subject + Verb Subject + Verb + Direct Object

53 Theme The central idea of a work of literature

54 Thesis The primary position taken by a speaker or writer

55 Tragedy Protagonist engaged in a struggle which ends in destruction or ruin Romeo and Juliet

56 Understatement Deliberate under-emphasis


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