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A poem consisting of fourteen lines of iambic pentameter. There are two popular form of sonnets. Has two parts; an octave eight lines and a sestet six lines usually rhyming abbaabba, cdecde. Often a question is raised in the octave that is answered in the sestet. Consists of three quatrians four lines and a final rhyming couplet two lines.

The rhyme scheme is abab, cdcd, efef, gg. Usually the question or theme is set forth in the quatrains while the answer or resolution appears in the final couplet.

A metric line of poetry. It is named according to the kind and number of feet composing it. Iambic and unstressed followed by a stressed syllable Pentameter five feet.

A literary device in which the author speaks of or describes an animal, object, or idea, as if it were a person. A comparison of two unlike things in which a word of comparison like or as is used. A comparison of two unlike things in which no word of comparison like or as is used.

Words such as grunt, huff, buzz and snap are words whose pronunciation sounds very similar to the actual sounds these words represent. In literature such words are useful in creating a stronger mental image. An oxymoron is an interesting literary device because it helps to perceive a deeper level of truth and explore different layers of semantics while writing.

The uniqueness of paradoxes lies in the fact that a deeper level of meaning and significance is not revealed at first glace, but when it does crystallize, it provides astonishing insight. It is a type of personification, and is known to occur more by accident and less on purpose.

The use of this literary device can be to embellish a sentence, to create a grander effect, to beat around the bush and to draw attention away from the crux of the message being conveyed. It refers to the practice of attaching human traits and characteristics with inanimate objects, phenomena and animals.

Opposed to the usual norm of using them sparsely, only where they are technically needed. The use of polysyndetons is primarily for adding dramatic effect as they have a strong rhetorical presence. This is often done in order to create a name or word for something by combining the individual characteristics of 2 or more other words.

The use of satire is often inclusive of a need or decision of correcting or bettering the character that is on the receiving end of the satire.

It basically helps in establishing where and when and under what circumstances the story is taking place. By using similes a greater degree of meaning and understanding is attached to an otherwise simple sentence.

The reader is able to better understand the sentiment the author wishes to convey. It basically refers to one unit or group of lines, which forms one particular faction in poetry. It is somewhat rhetorical in nature, where the entire object is represented by way of a fraction of it or a fraction of the object is symbolized by the whole.

Characters in literature are sometimes described to be experiences synesthesia. Synesthesia is the conflation of the senses. Usually in the English language the syntax should follow a pattern of subject-verb-object agreement but sometimes authors play around with this to achieve a lyrical, rhythmic, rhetoric or questioning effect. It is not related to the act of choosing specific words or even the meaning of each word or the overall meanings conveyed by the sentences. The theme links all aspects of the literary work with one another and is basically the main subject.

The theme can be an enduring pattern or motif throughout the literary work, occurring in a complex, long winding manner or it can be short and succinct and provide a certain insight into the story.

Tone can portray a variety of emotions ranging from solemn, grave, and critical to witty, wry and humorous. Tragedy is generally built up in 5 stages: Understating a fact is usually done by way of sarcasm, irony, wryness or any other form of dry humour.

Understating something is akin to exaggerating its obviousness as a means of humour. It was a large part of the work of Karl Popper, and can be used in a variety of different ways to describe something, as well.

It is a way of implying the believability or likelihood of a theory or narrative. However, just because something can be described as having Verisimilitude does not mean that it is true, only that merely appears to or seems to be true. Whether it is the consonant sound or a specific vowel group, the alliteration involves creating a repetition of similar sounds in the sentence.

Alliterations are also created when the words all begin with the same letter. When a plain sentence is too abrupt and fails to convey the full implications desired, amplification comes into play when the writer adds more to the structure to give it more meaning.

Flashcards by Eshita Alexander , created about 1 year ago. No tags specified literary terms dr jekyll and mr hyde merchant of venice lord of the flies poetry.

The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will in this crisis, shrink from the service of his country; but he that stands it Now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Sentences can be unbalanced to serve a special effect as well. Romantic style literature relied more heavily on this form. They are one dimensional, like a piece of cardboard.

They can be summed up in one phrase. COMEDY in general, a story that ends with a happy resolution of the conflicts faced by the main character or characters. Often an extended metaphor. DIALECT a way of speaking that is characteristic of a certain social group or of the inhabitants of a certain geographical area. ELEGY a poem of mourning, usually about someone who has died. A Eulogy is great praise or commendation, a laudatory speech, often about someone who has died.

EPITHET an adjective or adjective phrase applied to a person or thing that is frequently used to emphasize a characteristic quality. A Homeric epithet is a compound adjective used with a person or thing: FOIL A character who acts as contrast to another character.

Often a funny side kick to the dashing hero, or a villain contrasting the hero. Use of such syntactic subordination of just one clause to another is known as hypotaxis. I am tired because it is hot. IMAGERY the use of language to evoke a picture or a concrete sensation of a person , a thing, a place, or an experience. IRONY a discrepancy between appearances and reality.

A character in the play or story thinks one thing is true, but the audience or reader knows better. A ballad tells a story. METAPHOR a figure of speech that makes a comparison between two unlike things without the use of such specific words of comparison as like, as, than, or resembles.

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Soon we would learn that it was more to poetry than simply rhyming words. Poetry goes far beyond ABAB rhyme scheme. While reviewing this flashcard set, you will learn more about some of the literary terms associated with poetry.

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Form of poetry, that makes use of varying line lengths, abandoning stanzaic divisions, breaking lines in unexpected places, and even dispensing with any pretense of formal . Poetry written in unrhymed iambic pentameter. Poetry Type of rhythmic, compressed language that uses figures of speech and imagery .