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1 For our reading of House on Mango Street Lit Terms

2 Poetry vs. Prose Poetry: is a form of literary art in which language is used for its aesthetic and evocative qualities in addition to, or in lieu of, its apparent meaning. Prose: is the most typical form of language. The English word 'prose' is derived from the Latin pr ō sa, which literally translates as 'straight-forward.‘ "When you write in prose, you cook the rice. When you write poetry, you turn rice into rice wine. Cooked rice doesn't change its shape, but rice wine changes both in quality and shape. Cooked rice makes one full so one can live out one's life span... wine, on the other hand, makes one drunk, makes the sad happy, and the happy sad. Its effect is sublimely beyond explanation." - Wu Qiao

3 Style Style in literature is the literary element that describes the ways that the author uses words — the author's word choice, sentence structure, figurative language, and sentence arrangement all work together to establish mood, images, and meaning in the text. Style describes how the author describes events, objects, and ideas. The style that an author uses influences how we interpret the facts that are presented. Wording and phrasing can tell us about emotions in the scene, the setting, and characters. If you're still not convinced, consider the differences between the following sentences: He's passed away. He's sleeping with the fishes. He died. He's gone to meet his Maker. He kicked the bucket.

4 Repetition Repetition is the simple repeating of a word, within a sentence or a poetical line, with no particular placement of the words, in order to provide emphasis. Why is this a significant literary device? How does Sandra Cisneros use this in HOMS?

5 Alliteration & Onomatopoeia Alliteration: The repetition of the same sounds or of the same kinds of sounds at the beginning of words or in stressed syllables Onomatopoeia: The formation or use of words such as buzz or murmur that imitate the sounds associated with the objects or actions they refer to CHALLENGE: Who can come up with a phrase that incorporates the usage of BOTH of these Lit Terms?

6 Tone & Mood TONE: Describes the attitude or feelings of the writer towards a subject. Can be determined by word choice (Diction) and details. MOOD: Mood is the feeling or atmosphere perceived by the reader. This is the emotions that YOU feel while reading. The mood indicates a prevailing feeling or frame of mind, especially at the end of a story. All of the choices for setting, images, objects, and details contribute in creating a mood.

7 Motif A recurring object, concept, or structure in a work of literature A motif may also be two contrasting elements in a work, such as good and evil. Example: In all the famed fairytales, the motif of a ‘handsome prince’ falling in love with a ‘damsel in distress’ and the two being bothered by a wicked step-mother/ evil witch/ beast and finally conquering all and living ‘happily ever after’ is a common motif.

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